Pacquiao didn't feel Marquez's footstomps

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News North America

Posted at Nov 16 2011 01:13 PM | Updated as of Nov 16 2011 09:13 PM

LOS ANGELES, California - Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao arrived in Los Angeles from Las Vegas at 6 a.m, Tuesday morning after delaying his trip back from Las Vegas in order to take time to recover from his most intense fight in years.

Pacquiao defeated rival Juan Manuel Marquez via majority decision last Saturday in Las Vegas, but it was far from his most dominant performance as the Filipino champion struggled all night against the Mexican counter-puncher.

Thankful for his victory, Pacquiao hosted a bible study in his LA condominium, with about 50 members of his entourage joining him in prayer.

Pacquiao also commented on the video of his fight which has since gone viral, wherein Marquez is shown stepping on Pacquiao's foot at least five times during the fight.

Fans believe Marquez may have done it intentionally in order to slow Pacquiao down, but the Filipino champion says he did not feel the foot stomps and is not taking it personally.

"Hindi naman ako mareklamong tao, okay lang," he said. "Kasama yan sa laro, part of the game. Kaya pinabayaan ko lang."

Pacquiao is also not complaining about the comments made by boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz, who said that the boxer is too distracted with his numerous activities outside the ring.

He did not comment on Nathanielsz's statements.

Pacquiao spent his last night in Los Angeles with a victory party in Hollywood, where he also launched one of his newest endorsements: a magnetic power wrist band.

He will leave Los Angeles Wednesday night, and Pacquiao is expected to be greeted with a victory parade upon his arrival in the Philippines.