Pacquiao vows to 'rise again'

Manny Pacquiao has vowed to "rise again" following a brutal knockout that prompted some fans and experts to urge him to retire.


Pacquiao suffered his second straight loss when Juan Manuel Marquez stopped him in six rounds in Las Vegas at the weekend in their fourth fight.

The Filipino, who has 54 wins, five defeats and two draws in a pro-career spanning nearly 18 years, had previously beaten the Mexican twice following their drawn 2004 clash.

"Don't worry, we will rise again," promised Pacquiao as he arrived home in Manila. "I watched a replay of my fight and I am satisfied with my movement.

"I was fighting very well from the first to the sixth round. I was moving well. It was just that I got hit with a lucky punch on the last second of the round.

"The way the fight was going, there was no way it would have reached the 12th round," said Pacquiao, who explained that he had broken Marquez's nose, causing the 39-year-old breathing problems.

However, the former pound-for-pound king acknowledged: "He owned that night. Let's give him due credit."