Manny Pacquiao took a vicious punch to the head that ended his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round and the Filipino fighter underwent tests to determine the damage inflicted by the knockout blow.
UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 a.m. ET by Ben Chodos
Manny Pacquiao plans to continue forward with his career as he always has after fights.
He told the following to GMA News:
Pacquiao: (I will) take a rest. After a few months, back to training and back to fight. #PacMarquez— GMA News (@gmanews) December 9, 2012
The quote suggests good news, and as of now, it does not appear that the punch will lead to substantial time away from boxing.
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Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole reported via Twitter that Pacquiao headed to the hospital instead of the press conference after the fight.
Manny not coming to presser. Going to hospital for CAT scan— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) December 9, 2012
This was the fourth meeting between Pacquiao and Marquez, and it resulted in the 39-year-old Mexican’s first victory in the series. After the victory, Marquez is now 55-6-1 in his career while Pacquiao dropped to 54-5-2.
The previous three fights have gone all 12 rounds, and this result could not have been more unexpected.
Even though Marquez landed the fight’s first significant punch with a third-round knockdown, Pacquiao was clearly winning the fight leading the fight up until the end of the sixth round.
Pacquiao was able to knockdown Marquez in the fifth round and was tormenting him with his straight left hand. But Marquez has built a reputation as the best counterpuncher in boxing, and he proved this as the seconds ticked away in Round 6.
With Marquez on the ropes, Pac-Man stayed aggressive, but left himself open to the Marquez right hand that caused him to drop to the canvas. Pacquiao lied face-down for several scary moments before getting up.
It would be truly shocking if Pacquiao did not suffer a concussion given how forcefully and directly Marquez connected with his sixth-round counterpunch.
The violence and suddenness of the blow was astonishing, and the moments following the punch were frightening.
Check back to this page for updates on Pacquiao’s condition going forward.