Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao was honest about not expecting the late-round blow to the chin from Juan Manuel Marquez that sent the Saranggani congressman face down to the canvas just before the end of the sixth round of their fourth meeting."I never expected that punch. He gave me a good shot," said Pacquiao, in the post-fight interview at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
"That's boxing. Sometimes, we get hit." Marquez scored a knocked down in the third, before Pacquiao countered with a left to floor Marquez in the fifth. Pacquiao looked confidfent heading into the sixth round, landing a flurry of punches to leave Marquez bloodied, but before the bell rang, the Mexican landed a right to Pacquiao's chin, leaving the the crowed stunned as the Filipino looked unconscious with his face down.
"I started to get overconfident, but i never expected that punch," said Pacquiao. It was the first time Pacquiao suffered a knock out since 1999, after a third round loss to Medgoen Singsurat of Thailand for the Lineal Flyweight title.