Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez: The Real Reason Why Manny Lost

| by Alex Groberman

Manny Pacquiao’s stunning knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez this weekend has inspired everyone to become a boxing analyst. Everywhere you look, whoever you talk to, there constantly seems to be a different explanation for why things ended up going the way they ultimately went.

Some people say that Marquez won because he simply got lucky with the right punch at the right time. Others say that he won because he decided not to try to win based on points, and rather based his entire fight plan on attaining a KO victory. A different set of people think Marquez was on PEDs. And so and so forth. Again, everyone has an explanation.

Everyone including Pacquiao’s own mother.

Her explanation, however, isn’t based on anything she saw in the ring on Saturday night. It's a little deeper than that. Via the Inquirer:

In an interview in General Santos, Pacquiao’s hometown, Mommy D said, “That’s what he gets for changing his religion….Since the ‘Protestant’ pastors came into his life, he has not focus on his boxing.”

She does not approve of Pacquiao leaving the Catholic Church. She wants him to quit and become a Catholic again.

Many have noticed that in the last two fights which ended in defeat, Pacquiao did not enter the ring with a rosary around his neck as he did before.

Like some, will Pacquiao believe that he lost the last two fights because he abandoned the Catholic Church and that God punished him?

[Related: Was Juan Manuel Marquez on PEDs when he beat Manny Pacquiao?]

So there you have it. he lost because he switched faiths.

Pacquiao has said that he will likely not retire as a result of this fight, despite pleas from his family to do so.

(Kudos Inquirer)

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