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.”
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.