Pacquiao on Marquez knockout: 'Let him enjoy what he did to me'
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 26, 2016 04:13 PM
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Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao holds no hard feelings against Juan Manuel Marquez.
It has been more than three years since “El Dinamita” ended his eight-year rivalry with the Filipino boxing icon through one thunderous overhand right in the sixth round of their fourth encounter in 2012.
Since then, both men were repeatedly pitted against each other for a possible fifth fight, although nothing had ever materialized. In the official tally of their four bouts, Pacquiao won two, while Marquez won one.
Their first bout in 2004 ended in a draw.
Pacquiao is now slated to face WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on April 9th in Las Vegas, for his 66th and final professional fight. While currently touring the United States to promote the fight, Pacquiao recently looked back on that fateful December 8th night.
This time, he is approaching it with more positivity.
“It’s OK. Let him enjoy what he did to me,” Pacquiao said in a press conference in New York City last week. “Give him credit.”
The 42-year old Marquez is currently on the sidelines dealing with a knee injury, which also made him contemplate retirement. He last fought in May 2014, where he won via unanimous decision against former world champion Mike Alvarado.