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Manny Pacquiao: Marquez got lucky, ready for Brandon Rios

Filipino superstar has dismissed his brutal knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, and says he's fit and ready for Brandon Rios in November.

Kevin Lee
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Did Juan Manuel Marquez get lucky when he knocked out Manny Pacquiao with a nuclear bomb of a right hand last December? Hey, that's Pacquiao's story, and he's sticking to it.


"It's part of boxing. Sometimes you lose and sometimes you win - and I think [Marquez] just got lucky, he got a lucky break in that fight. I feel good and I'm ready to fight Rios. He likes to fight toe to toe so it will be exciting."

Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO) may simply be trying to put the Marquez fight in the past, because truth is, a lot of people are still worried about how that knockout -- which was truly devastating -- may effect him going forward. It was a beautiful, perfectly-timed punch launched with great force, which Pacquiao also ran square into. There wasn't really any luck about it, honestly -- Marquez nailed Pacquiao with a punch that Pacquiao walked into, and a punch that had landed on Manny several times.

Does the Marquez KO give you pause about Manny going forward, and does his dismissal of it concern you in any way, or do you think Manny is taking the right attitude?

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