MANILA, Philippines – Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez was worried for the well-being of rival Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, whom he knocked out in the sixth round of their fourth fight last Saturday in Las Vegas.
Marquez crushed Pacquiao with a monstrous straight right late in the sixth round, sending the Filipino face first to the canvas.
“We are human beings and what you want is good health outside of the ring,” Marquez said, as quoted by Boxing Scene.
“I did feel a little bad because I’m professional and I did not know how he would react, physically,” he added. “I was worried, but he recovered well after a few minutes.”
Pacquiao was motionless on the canvas for about a couple of minutes before regaining consciousness. The Filipino was able to congratulate his longtime rival but had to go to a hospital for a CT scan following the fight.
Contrary to what some boxing fans believe, Marquez’s knockout punch was not a “lucky punch” as the Mexican boxer worked long and hard on that counter right straight.
“I worked on that right hand. Pacquiao was throwing a punch and missed and I countered with my right. I connected very solidly and it finished the fight,” Marquez explained. “When he went down to the canvas, I realized he was not going to get up.”
“I was looking for the knockout and I get it done. I was going to try to knock him out with intelligence, experience and everything went well without a hitch,” he added.
Despite their long rivalry inside the boxing ring, Marquez and Pacquiao have generally been respectful to each other outside of it.