MANILA, Philippines – Eight-division world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao was satisfied with how he fought rival Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico in their fourth bout last Saturday, even if the fight ended with him face-first on the canvas.
Pacquiao rose from a third-round knockdown and forced Marquez to take a knee in the fifth, and was controlling the pace of the bout when he walked into a vicious straight right by the Mexican with seconds remaining in the sixth round.
The "Pacman," who returned to Manila early Wednesday morning, told reporters that up until the knockout, he was satisfied with how the fight was going.
"Pinanood ko, ni-replay ko 'yung fight ko," he said. "Pati ako, satisfied ako sa naging galaw ko. Maganda ang galaw ko, first round pa lang hanggang sa sixth round."
"Ang galaw ko, napakaganda. Maliksi ako, walang pagbago," Pacquiao added. "'Yung time lang talaga na 'yun, na-lucky punch tayo na 10 seconds na lang ang natitira."
Pacquiao said it was inevitable that the fight will end via knockout.
"Ang talagang iniisip ko, walang pwedeng umabot ng 12 rounds dito. Either ako or siya," he said. "Kung hindi ako ang na-lucky punch doon, malamang siya naman."
Had he survived the sixth round, Pacquiao thought it would only be a matter of time before he would stop Marquez.
"Nahihirapan na siya huminga, basag na ang ilong niya," Pacquiao said. "Tinanggal niya na yung mouthpiece niya para huminga siya. Isa or dalawang round, baka huminto na 'yun."
But Pacquiao stressed that the loss was just part of the game and vowed to "rise again," despite numerous calls from him to retire from boxing.
"Next time, babawi tayo. We will rise again," he said.
It was Pacquiao's first stoppage loss since 1999, and his second consecutive defeat after dropping a decision to unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. last June.