Category: Sports / December 11, 2012 2:24 PM EST
An emotional Manny Pacquiao, who was defeated by Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez by a sensational sixth round knockout in Las Vegas on Sunday (December 9) said he could accept losing, but it hurt him to see Filipinos sad over his loss.
Speaking to the Philippines local morning news program over Skype on Sunday (December 9) after his stunning defeat in a non-title welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Pacquiao assured fans he was okay.
Thousands of Filipinos watched in horror as their boxing hero fell face first to the canvas.
Pacquiao reassured his fans that he was fine, but fought back tears, as he thanked god and his fans for their prayers.
Pacquiao has hero-status in the Philippines, inspiring the country of 92 million with his rags-to-riches story and humble attitude.