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Lennox Lewis Says Manny Pacquiao Can Bounce Back

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

LENNOX LEWIS believes Manny Pacquiao can bounce back from his KO by Juan Manuel ­Marquez and regain his place at the top of the world.

The defeat was the eight-division world champion’s second on the bounce after he lost on a split ­decision to American Timothy Bradley in June.

There are calls for the great ­Filipino, 34, to call it a day because he has nothing to prove in a sport where he is a true legend.

But he has vowed to carry on and Lewis, the British former ­undisputed world heavyweight champion, is backing him.

The retired Lewis said: “It ­depends on how Pacquiao reacts to the loss.

“Is he a broken man or can he ­admit he made a mistake in the ring and build on that?

“A loss can make you look at ­yourself in a way that victory ­cannot. It gives you a feeling that inspires you to be better.

“Gladiators need to experience setbacks ­because if you can come back from them it shows just how great you are.”

One person who disagrees with Lewis is Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee, who wants him to quit the ring ­after 17 years as a professional fighter.

She said of his sixth-round KO in Las Vegas earlier this month: “It’s the first time I’ve seen him like that, lying on the canvas, and I was scared.

“I began screaming and crying. I know he is still capable of fighting, but, for me, there is nothing for him to prove. He already has eight world title belts and he can retire at any time. I want him to stop now, but he is the only one who has the last say.

“Boxers risk their lives and some end up in wheelchairs. I don’t want that to happen to ­Manny – I want him to finish.”

Pacquiao has dropped to sixth place in one list of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters in which Floyd Mayweather Jnr is top.

Meanwhile, someone who has called it a day is top American TV boxing analyst Larry Merchant, who retired at the age of 81 last weekend.

Merchant never minced his words in post-fight interviews in the ring and was at his best last year when speaking with Mayweather.

The fighter made ­disparaging ­remarks about Merchant, who ­replied on air: “If I was 50 years younger, I would kick your ass!”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by damuttz112 on 12-23-2012

Duran took off a full eighteen months before coming back after the Hearns loss, Arum is already talking about a September return which is ridiculous. Duran's style and underrated boxing technique helped him greatly in his comeback. Duran also defeated…

Comment by #1 Puerto Rovk on 12-23-2012

Boxing is so stupid now in days. Fans, media say fighters are done just cuz they losta fight. Smh

Comment by AlbertoDelRio on 12-22-2012

I think Pac-Man can come back strong after a long vacation, 8 or 9 months.

Comment by PAC-BOY on 12-22-2012

[QUOTE=Frank Ducketts;12847358]Pac is done. Pushing aside the hate for his fanatical fans, but Pac is done! He's had a long career. He can't come back from this. He has one foot in and out of boxing![/QUOTE] Sort of like you…

Comment by astacio on 12-22-2012

Lets remember pacquiao chilhood growing in the street with no food or nothing and were at 8 times champ 8 divisions will he bouns back? Ofcourse he will he will rise again stronger and better them ever

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