Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Pacquiao's Brutal Knockout Shocks The Philippines

The Philippines reacted with shock and sadness Sunday after national boxing hero Manny Pacquiao was knocked out by Mexican Juan Miguel Marquez in a fight in Las Vegas.

From the highest corners of government to the man on the street, Pacquiao’s defeat dampened spirits already weighed down in a country dealing with a killer typhoon that left 1,300 dead or missing this week.

In the fighter’s hometown of General Santos City, in the southern Philippines, where the fight was broadcast live in several public stadiums, shocked viewers reacted with stunned silence after Pacquiao fell in the sixth round before a raucous 16,000-strong crowd at the MGM Grand Garden arena.

“We were all silent because we were unsure what happened. He was unconscious for so long,” said businessman Jun Bayonico, 51, who watched the fight live with friends and relatives.

“For so many years, he was our idol. We were saddened by what happened but maybe this is a sign he should retire. It would have been better if he retired as a winner,” he added.

The 39-year-old Marquez sent down Pacquiao, 33, face first to the canvas with a right hand with one second left of the round to win their welterweight fight — their fourth meeting — late Saturday in the US city.

President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Edwin Lacierda said despite the defeat, the country would not turn its back on the superstar fighter who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions.

“Nothing will change. The people of the Philippines will continue to support Manny. We join them in praying for the return of his strength and determination,” Lacierda said in a statement.

Vice President Jejomar Binay also quickly declared his confidence that Pacquiao, who has parlayed his boxing championships into a showbiz career and election to parliament, would surely make a comeback.

“I am certain that Manny will rise from this adversity a better and stronger person,” he said in a statement.

Boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielz, in an interview with DZMM radio station, said Pacquiao’s strategy to abandon his usual strength and conditioning training was to blame for the loss.

He also said Pacquiao giving up his usual pre-fight ritual- wearing a rosary to the ring- may have also had an effect on the fighter, a devout Christian.

Pacquiao had hoped to win a definitive victory over Marquez after three previous encounters that resulted in one draw and close victories for Pacquiao.

In his previous fight, Pacquiao lost the World Boxing Organization welterweight title in June to Tim Bradley in a controversial split decision.

There have been questions about Pacquiao’s focus on his boxing in recent years as he had to deal with his duties as a congressman, host of a TV game show, a bible preacher and pitchman for various products.

Tags: Manny Pacquiao image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Skyhook on 12-09-2012

Comment by GRUSTLER on 12-09-2012

[QUOTE=puroylan;12790272]Congrats to Marquez. He was my fave before Pacman and he proved he is still one of the best.[B] I just find it a bit strange at 39 to have that increased power. Test him for GH and he will…

Comment by puroylan on 12-09-2012

Congrats to Marquez. He was my fave before Pacman and he proved he is still one of the best. I just find it a bit strange at 39 to have that increased power. Test him for GH and he will…

Comment by RisAri0 on 12-09-2012

Ronnie should know that Manny done switched religions, and he's somewhat now a born again christian therefore he now doesn't worship rosaries. If anything Ronnie should blame Manny for switching religions... but shame on him for saying that!

Comment by oioisavvyboi on 12-09-2012

lol... excellent!!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (26)
Top Headlines Liam Williams: Liam Smith Will Be in For a Rude Awakening Nacho Admits Surprise at Chavez's Hard Work For Canelo Fight Chocolatito: To Win, I Have To Knock Sor Rungvisai Out Rematch! Ray Robinson Returns To The Fillmore in Philadelphia Barthelemy vs. Relikh WBA Eliminator is Ordered Jermell Charlo vs. Charles Hatley Added To Berto vs. Porter Card Photos: Tyron Zeuge vs. Isaac Ekpo - Official Weigh-In Crolla: I'm in The Best Shape of My Life For Linares Rematch Billy Joe Saunders' Trainer on Facing Gennady Golovkin Porter: McGregor Sparring Looked Bad, Mayweather Batters Him Photos: Linares, Crolla Ready For Rematch War - Official Weigh-In Helenius vs. Chisora Rematch Finalized, May 27 in Finland David Benavidez vs. Rogelio Medina in WBC Eliminator Crolla: I'll Need Career Best Performance To Beat Linares Thurman No Longer Concerned With Pursuit of Mayweather Spence's Trainer: Brook Dwells on His Loss as Career High Point! Frank Warren: Saunders Very Confident He'll Beat Golovkin David Haye: I Will Be Heavyweight Champion Again, Trust Me Callum Smith Would Love To Get His Hands on James DeGale British Boxer Moves Past Terror Attack, Wins Fight in WSOB Peter Fury Receives Visa, Will Be Present For Joseph Parker Bout Mikey Garcia Has Received Good Offers From Schaefer, De La Hoya De La Hoya Warns: Golovkin Fighting in June Derails Canelo Bout! Who Is The Number One "Pound For Pound" Boxer Now? Arum: If Mayweather-McGregor Falls Through - UFC To Blame Jason Quigley Tested, Decisions a Very Game Glen Tapia Caballero Labors to Points Win Against Late Replacement Ruiz Emmanuel Rodriguez Stunned as Narvaez Never Arrives To PR Golovkin: Canelo Says He's Ready, I've Been Waiting 2 Years Chavez Jr. Vows To End All Talk of Canelo-Golovkin on May 6 Koelling Agrees to Fight Beterbiev to Become Ward's IBF Mandatory Vitali Klitschko: Joshua's Muscles Won't Help Him With Wladimir Khan Focusing On Fighting Opponent Other Than Manny Pacquiao Mikey Garcia: No Credit, Lomachenko Doing What I Did Years Ago! Cleverly-Skoglund in Play For 5/20, Chisora-Helenius For 5/27 Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams Now For Vacant WBO Interim-Title Golovkin-Jacobs PPV Will Well Exceed 153K Buys, Says Loeffler Shawn Porter: Expect Me To Try To Knock Andre Berto Out! Brook Won't Worry About Orbital Bone When He Fights Spence Photos: Linares, Crolla - Go Face To Face at Final Rematch Presser
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement