PACQUIAO: 'I DID MY BEST, I WAS CARELESS...' / PACQUIAO HEAVIER BY 4 LBS
[PHOTO - (R-L) Manny Pacquiao throws a right at Juan Manuel Marquez during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP]
MANILA, DECEMBER 10, 2012 (INQUIRER) By Maila Ager - “I did my best but that’s boxing,” said Manny Pacquiao in an interview after he was knocked out by Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez on Sunday (Manila time)
Pacquiao admitted he was careless” and did not anticipate Marquez’s punches.
“I never expected the punches,” he said at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas where the fourth encounter between him and Marquez took place.
He said he would still like to fight Marquez .
“Yes why not. It’s a good fight,” said Pacquiao in response to questions.
Pacquiao heavier by 4 lb By Roy Luarca 1:39 am | Sunday, December
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. ROY LUARCA
LAS VEGAS—When Manny Pacquiao’s weight was announced, it caught Team Marquez by surprise.
Reason: Pacquiao checked in at the full welterweight limit of 147, outweighing Juan Manuel Marquez (143) by four pounds at the official weigh-in Friday (Saturday in Manila) at the Manila Grand Garden Arena here.
The difference was significant enough for Marquez’s trainer, Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, who took a second look. Not content, Beristain then asked promoter Fernando Beltran to check the figure at the scales.
Pacquiao was right on the dot in matching his weight when he fought Timothy Bradley in June.
In their third battle, fought at a catchweight of 144 last year, Pacquiao checked in at 143 and Marquez 142. Both decided to bulk up for this fight that is a sure sellout and is certain to surpass 1 million in PPV (pay-per-view) buys, according to promoter Bob Arum, who will turn 81 on the day of the fight Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
That the fourth fight will be another blockbuster was shown by a big crowd of 5,000 who attended the weigh-in, where former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson served as official observer.
For the first time in Pacquiao’s 10 fights at MGM Grand, the flag-bearing Filipinos were drowned out by the Mexicans, likewise carrying flags, with wooden rattlers to boot. Of course, the Mexicans reserved their loudest boos and jeers for Pacquiao, dubbed Mexicutioner for annihilating the country’s best fighters like Erik Morales, Hector Velasquez, Jorge Solis, Oscar Larios, Antonio Margarito, Marco Antonio Barrera and, of course, Marquez.
While Beristain and Marquez didn’t expect Pacquiao to come in at 147, Marquez said he’s ready for an all-out war.
Four other Filipinos—Mercito Gesta, Michael Farenas, Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr. and Ernie Sanchez—also made the weights for their respective fights in the 64-round card.
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