Romney attends as Pacquiao loses to Marquez


Mitt and Ann Romney were ringside in Vegas. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

Evidently, last month’s presidential election didn’t totally dampen Mitt Romney’s enthusiasm for a good fight.

Romney and his wife, Ann, were ringside Saturday night for the fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez and Romney visited Pacquiao, a congressman with presidential aspirations in the Philippines, just before the bout.

“Hello, Manny. I ran for president. I lost,” Romney told the fighter, according to Pacquiao’s publicist, Fred Sternburg.

After the visit, Pacquiao went out and promptly lost in the sixth round, dropped by a right-hand shot from Marquez. “He’s not an easy opponent,” Pacquiao said (via Reuters). “I did my best. I know that I got him in the last couple of rounds, but I started to be over-confident and I got hit by a solid punch. I did not expect that punch.”


Lights out. (Eric Jamison / AP)

Pacquiao is 54-5-2 with 38 knockouts, Marquez is 55-6-1 with 40 KOs and already there’s talk of a fifth bout between the welterweights.


(Julie Jacobson / AP)

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · December 9, 2012