MANILA, DECEMBER 24, 2012 (ABS-CBN) Hall of Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach wants his top fighter, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, to return to the ring in September 2013 instead of April.

"(April) is too soon," Roach told 710 Radio, as quoted by Boxing Scene.

Roach wants Pacquiao to take some time to rest after suffering a brutal sixth-round knockout at the hands of rival Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth fight last December 8 in Las Vegas.

"We spoke about (his next fight)... I told him that I think he should come back around September, and he agreed with me," Roach said.

Pacquiao was originally scheduled to return on April 20, 2012 with unbeaten fighter Brandon Rios as a potential opponent.

But because of the brutality of his knockout loss, Pacquiao was suspended by the Nevada State Atheltic Commission for 120 days and is not allowed contact training for 90 days.

Pacquiao walked into a short right hand by Marquez late in the sixth round and crashed face-first to the canvas, where he lay motionless for around two minutes.

The Filipino did not attend the post-fight press conference as he was taken to a local hospital. Though his tests came out negative, Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum has said that he wants to take Pacquiao to a brain specialist for more tests.

No opponent has been named for Pacquiao's September comeback, though a fifth fight against Marquez remains possible.

Marquez 'worried' after knocking out Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez was worried for the well-being of rival Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, whom he knocked out in the sixth round of their fourth fight last Saturday in Las Vegas.

Marquez crushed Pacquiao with a monstrous straight right late in the sixth round, sending the Filipino face first to the canvas.

“We are human beings and what you want is good health outside of the ring,” Marquez said, as quoted by Boxing Scene.

“I did feel a little bad because I’m professional and I did not know how he would react, physically,” he added. “I was worried, but he recovered well after a few minutes.”

Pacquiao was motionless on the canvas for about a couple of minutes before regaining consciousness. The Filipino was able to congratulate his longtime rival but had to go to a hospital for a CT scan following the fight.

Contrary to what some boxing fans believe, Marquez’s knockout punch was not a “lucky punch” as the Mexican boxer worked long and hard on that counter right straight.

“I worked on that right hand. Pacquiao was throwing a punch and missed and I countered with my right. I connected very solidly and it finished the fight,” Marquez explained. “When he went down to the canvas, I realized he was not going to get up.”

“I was looking for the knockout and I get it done. I was going to try to knock him out with intelligence, experience and everything went well without a hitch,” he added.

Despite their long rivalry inside the boxing ring, Marquez and Pacquiao have generally been respectful to each other outside of it.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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