Bettors hit hard by Pacquiao loss

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau

Posted at Dec 11 2012 12:06 PM | Updated as of Dec 11 2012 08:06 PM

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Manny Pacquiao's staggering sixth-round knockout at the hands of his Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez remains the talk of the town in Sin City.

Fight fans from all over are still in a state of shock and disbelief after watching Pacquiao fall face-first to the canvas last Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Because of Pacquiao's loss, many pocketbooks also suffered at the hands of oddsmakers, who had the Filipino icon as a slight favorite heading into the fight.

"Sayang 'yung 500, kasi talagang ine-expect na nila na mananalo si Pacquiao," said Chris Co. "Suddenly, sa isang suntok lang talo sila lahat."

"Marami silang pumusta."

"Maraming tumaya for Pacquiao. 'Yun nga lang natalo in the end kasi 'yung odds mataas," added Mavie Malinis, another fan of Pacquiao. "Pero meroon ding tumaya for Marquez na nanalo."

While Pacquiao fans were stunned at the result, the Mexicans who flooded the MGM Grand rejoiced after JuanMa's victory.

Some Mexican fans believe that with the decisive win over his greatest rival, it is now time for "Dinamita" to hang up his gloves for good.

There are Filipino fans who are also calling on Pacquiao to retire.

"Ako, para sa akin, magpa-hinga na lang siya," said Pacquito Sanchez, a Pacquiao fan based in Los Angeles. "Okay na magpa-hinga na, tutal mayaman na naman siya at may edad na."

Pacquiao has made no indications that he plans to walk away from boxing, though Marquez has hinted that he may retire if his children ask him to.