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It was a lucky punch says Pacman

Watching a video recording of his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez has convinced Manny Pacquiao that he was knocked out by a lucky punch.

"I watched a replay and I am satisfied with my movement," Pacquiao said after arriving back in the Philippines on Wednesday.

"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.”

"Don't worry, we will rise again," he told well-wishers in Manila after returning from the United States, where he suffered his second consecutive loss when Marquez knocked him out in the sixth round.

He had been looking to finish off Marquez by the eighth round, he said. “The way the fight was going, there was no way it would have reached the twelfth round."

He recalled how he had broken the Mexican's nose, leaving him with breathing difficulties. It forced his opponent to remove his mouthpiece at one point, Pacquiao said.

But he acknowledged: "He owned that night. Let's give him due credit.

Pacquiao, who has a record of 54 wins, five defeats and two draws in nearly 18 years in professional boxing, lost his WBO welterweight title in June when Timothy Bradley beat him on a controversial points decision.

But retirement seems to be far from the mind of Pacquiao, who turns 34 on Monday and was once regarded as the world's best boxer, pound-for-pound.

Pacquiao announced on Wednesday that he would donate about $244 000) to the victims of a typhoon that devastated part of the Philippines last week.


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