Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Manny Pacquiao checked out from the hospital healthy and without any major injury after the Filipino slugger absorbed a devastating knockout blow from rival Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round of their Welterweight clash Saturday at MGM Grand.
According to Pacquiao’s advisor Michael Koncz, the eight division champion reportedly had a CT scan during a precautionary check up at University Medical Center and the results were negative.
“Manny was given a CT scan and the results were negative,” Koncz told ESPN. “We were in and out in just over an hour and Manny was in excellent spirits.”
Pacquiao suffered a stunning sixth round knockout loss to Marquez in the fourth installment of their epic rivalry. The ‘Pacman’ and ‘Dinamita’ engaged in a furious exchange of punches through the first five rounds, which saw the Filipino floored in the third round and the Mexican hitting the canvas in the fifth.
Pacquiao appeared to have the upper hand in the sixth round, literally destroying the face of Marquez with sharp left hooks and a flurry of solid shots.
However, Pacquiao’s aggression took the best of him as he carelessly stepped into Marquez’s looping right hand punch that completely turned the lights out for him.
Many analysts called Marquez’s brutal right hook as the ‘punch of the year’ and perhaps the one that ended the era of the Saranggani congressman.
Despite the loss, Pacquiao still congratulated Marquez for the victory and thanked God they are both safe after their bloody slugfest.
Pacquiao added he has no plans to retire, insisting he only needs a time off before returning to the ring.
“To all my fans, I would like to thank you for your prayers and assure you that I am fine. I am looking forward to a nice rest and then I will be back to fight. On behalf of (my wife) Jinkee and our family we would like to wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.