source: Camille B. Naredo | ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao believes it was his faith in God that led him to victory over his great rival, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico, last November in Las Vegas.
In the third meeting between the two fighters, Pacquiao once again struggled against Marquez’s footwork, counter-punching and timing, but still managed to win via majority decision.
"Kung wala 'yung faith ko sa God, kung wala 'yung dasal ko, malamang talo ako sa fight," Pacquiao said in an interview on ANC's "Headstart."
"Siguro... mas matindi 'yung faith ko sa God kaysa sa kanya (Marquez)," he added.
Boxing observers questioned Pacquiao's victory afterward, with many saying that Marquez deserved at least a draw, if not an outright victory.
But Pacquiao is convinced that he won the fight, even if it was not in convincing fashion.
"After nung fight, maraming nagdududa," he said. "Nung pinanood ko ng dalawang beses 'yung fight, binilang ko ang tama ng mga punches, tiningnan ko ng paulit-ulit. Panalo ako."
Still, the Filipino boxer admitted that he underestimated Marquez, who came into the bout as a massive underdog.
"On the last fight, hindi ko nagamit 'yung plyometric exercise. Sa isip ko, I'm underestimating Marquez, hindi kasi s'ya malaki, kasing size ko lang s'ya," Pacquiao said.
In his previous bouts, Pacquiao easily defeated much larger opponents, including Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito.
"I was underestimating Marquez, so what we did in training camp was regular lang, ordinaryo lang," Pacquiao added.
Pacquiao promised that he will not make the same mistake when he prepares for his next opponent, unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley, Jr.
"Undefeated s'ya at champion s'ya. Magaling din ito," he said. "Hindi natin pwedeing i-underestimate."
"You need to train hard for this fight, kailangan mag-focus sa fight at kailangan i-study 'yung style ni Bradley," Pacquiao added.