MANILA, Philippines – Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez believes God had something to do with his sensational sixth-round knockout of Filipino rival Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in their fourth fight last December.
In what was considered the best fight of 2012, Marquez knocked out Pacquiao with one second to go in the sixth round to finally earn a decisive win over the Pacman after losing two controversial decisions.
“It was great. The best thing that has ever happened to me in this sport,” Marquez said in an episode of the HBO reality series “24/7,” as quoted by RingTV. “I believe in divine justice. This fight is proof that it is real.”
“To win the way that I did, it’s like God gave me a way to do it,” said Marquez.
The Mexican boxer known as “Dinamita” said the knockout punch “carried the strength of my family, the strength of my entire training, and the strength of my Mexican fans.”
“I was just waiting for Pacquiao to feint,” he explained. “When Pacquiao feints, he leans forward. I kept waiting for that feint so I could land that counter-punch, and that’s how I ended it.”
Pacquiao’s camp tried to set up a fifth fight against Marquez, but the Mexican repeatedly turned them down, saying that he has put a definitive end on their rivalry.
Marquez will instead fight another Pacquiao conqueror, American Timothy Bradley, on October 12 for the WBO welterweight championship.