Manny Pacquiao says he is open to the idea of a fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez
Last Updated: 09/12/12 2:45pm
Boxing great Manny Pacquiao says he has no plans to retire, despite his knock-out loss to great rival Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The duo were facing each other for the fourth time and the 39-year-old Mexican Marquez secured his first victory against his Filipino rival, bouncing back from being dropped in the fifth to send Pacquiao to the canvas with a stunning right-hand blow in the sixth.
It was a second straight loss for Pacquiao and he lay on the ground for a couple of minutes before being helped up, but he then dismissed talk of retirement.
"I got hit with a punch I didn't see. I thought I was getting him in the last couple of rounds but I got hit by a strong punch. I did not expect that punch."
"I am going to rest and then come back to fight," he said. "I would go for a fifth (fight with Marquez).
"I got hit with a punch I didn't see. I thought I was getting him in the last couple of rounds but I got hit by a strong punch. I did not expect that punch.
"He is not an easy opponent. I was just starting to feel confident and then I got careless."
Marquez claims he won all three earlier fights but two were scored in favour of Pacquiao and one ended in a draw.
He triumphed this time though and said: "I feel great that I leave no doubt in the way I got this victory over Manny.
"I was counter-punching him. He was throwing a lot of punches but he was missing and so I would try to counter punch. The right hand got under his guard, I threw the right when he missed a punch on me.
"I think this fight was one of my best victories absolutely. I was going to retire but now I am happy I didn't. Right now, in my future, I don't know what is coming. I am just thinking of the celebration, rather than who I am going to fight next."
Roach: This is not the end
Asked if Pacquiao should retire, his trainer Freddie Roach said: "I don't think he should. I don't think this is the end of Manny Pacquiao.
"I thought Manny was having a good fight but he ran into a good one. Manny got a little careless and then he ran into that punch, he fought a very smart opponent.
"If Manny comes to the gym and trains hard, I am sure he would welcome another fight (with Marquez) but it might be better to take a softer touch first."