MANILA, Philippines – Filipina boxer Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton believes eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao can successfully rebound from his latest career setback – a vicious knockout loss at the hands of rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
In an interview with Joaquin Henson of The Philippine Star, Julaton revealed that she had Pacquiao winning the fight handily before getting knocked out by Marquez with just a second to go in the sixth round.
“I believe Manny was winning all the rounds, including the third, before he was knocked down,” Julaton said. “If he didn’t get knocked down in the third and sixth, the judges would have given him those rounds, making it a shutout at that point.”
Marquez knocked down Pacquiao for the first time in their saga in the third round, although Pacquiao forced the Mexican to take a knee in the fifth round.
Pacquiao was controlling the action in the sixth round before walking into a vicious right hand by Marquez that sent him crashing face-first to the canvas.
But Julaton is confident that Pacquiao will not just bounce back, but return stronger than ever.
“I believe in a fifth fight, he would beat Marquez,” she said. “If Manny chooses to fight again, I believe he will beat anyone, including Floyd Mayweather Jr.”
“Like he (Pacquiao) said, he made just one mistake. Manny was winning that fight against Marquez and was on his way to scoring a knockout,” Julaton added.
Julaton told Henson that she believed Marquez “wouldn’t have made it past eight rounds,” given how Pacquiao was performing.
“I believe Manny was so fast and he wanted to fight and give a great show for the people, that he moved into that Marquez punch. It’s our sport, and anything can happen,” she said.
Julaton said she is inspired by Pacquiao’s gracious reaction to his defeat.
“I’m inspired and humbled by the way he has reacted to all of this... Manny taught me and continues to teach me anything is possible if you believe,” she said. “He is still in my heart the best boxer ever.”