Manny Pacquiao says he is open to the idea of a fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez
Boxing great Manny Pacquiao says he has no plans to retire, despite his knock-out loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Last Updated: 09/12/12 2:45pm
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 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."