'I'll be back' says battered Pacman
Bruised and battered, Manny Pacquiao said on Sunday he felt fine after his sensational sixth-round knockout defeat against Juan Manuel Marquez.
The Filipino legend promised his fans he would return to the ring.
Despite speculation that the 33-year-old Pacquiao might consider retirement after losing for a second time in his last three bouts, he made it clear he would return after taking a break from boxing.
"To all my fans, I would like to thank you for your prayers and assure you that I am fine," Pacquiao said in a statement just hours after his defeat in a non-title welterweight bout in front of a sell-out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
"I am looking forward to a nice rest and then I will be back to fight. On behalf of (his wife) Jinkee and our family we would like to wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a happy and healthy new year."
Pacquiao, who had won twice and drawn once in his three previous meetings with Marquez, was floored by a thunderous right by the counter-punching Mexican with just one second left in the sixth round of a high-energy bout.
The Filipino was also knocked down in the third round but fears of a possible concussion were put to rest after a precautionary scan at a nearby hospital.
"The results were negative," said Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's advisor. "We were in and out in just over an hour and Manny was in excellent spirits."
"I want to congratulate Juan Manuel," said Pacquiao. "I have no excuses. It was a good fight and he deserved the victory. I think the fans who watched us were winners too."
Pacquiao's loss has almost certainly written off any chance of a mega-fight between the Filipino and American Floyd Mayweather Jr.
He is now much more likely to take on Marquez for a fifth time. "Yes, why not? If you give us a chance, we'll fight again," Pacquiao said.