MANILA, Philippines – Now it can be told. For the first time since his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December, Manny Pacquiao admitted crying over his shocking defeat.
In a casual talk with politician and boxing patron Manny Piñol, the boxing superstar came clean about his emotions following his loss.
"I tried to control my emotions right after the fight but when I was alone in my room, I decided to view some of the TV footage of the reaction of my fans to my loss," Pacquiao was quoted as saying in Manny Pinol.com.
"When I saw that people were sad and crying, I felt so sorry that I failed them and I cried," he confessed, saying that seeing his fans’ saddened faces was more painful than Marquez’s knockout punch.
After knocking down Marquez in the fifth round, Pacquiao continued attacking the Mexican in the sixth. But the bloodied Marquez found an opening and knocked the Filipino out cold two seconds remaining in that round.
Pacquiao refused to offer excuses for the defeat. "I lost, period. There are no reasons to justify it," he said.
He wanted to get back at Marquez, but the Mexican seemed cold about the idea of another rematch.
“Kung ayaw nya, ayaw ko rin, ganoon lang ka-simple ‘yun,” he said earlier in an interview with Philboxing’s Eddie Alinea.
Pacquiao said he has nothing to lose since he still leads the Mexican two wins to one in their four-fight saga.
“He doesn’t want to fight me because he won our last fight? Well, as I said after that meeting, lamang pa rin ako, 2-1-1 (win-loss-draw) sa apat na laban namin.”