LAS VEGAS - The first thing that Manny Pacquiao said after regaining his wits Saturday night was in the form of a question.
"Buboy, nasaan ka? (Buboy, where are you?)," asked Pacquiao about two minutes after Juan Manuel Marquez scored a one-punch sixth-round knockout of Pacquiao before more than 16,000 at the MGM Grand.
Pacquiao was referring to his long-time friend and training assistant Buboy Fernandez, who was among the very first to get up the ring following the stoppage.
His eyes glazed and still making little movement, Pacquiao then asked Fernandez two questions.
"Ano nangyari? (What happened?). Tapos na laban? (Is the fight over?)
Fernandez, with a heavy heart, took out Pacquiao's mouthpiece and told him the truth.
"Oo brad, nasingitan tayo (Yes, brother. His punch got in).
Just before lightning struck with a few seconds to go before the end of the sixth round, Pacquiao recalled feeling great and was looking forward to the start of the seventh round, where he intended to administer the coup de grace on Marquez.
Then, it was pitch black.
Pacquiao said the punch landed right on the button.
"Dito (here)," Pacquiao told Filipino writers who joined him in the four-hour journey to Los Angeles, pointing to his chin.
"Kung dito lang sa gilid, kaya ko pa I-roll (If it landed on this side, I could have taken it by rolling)," said Pacquiao.
"Pero dito eh (But it was right here)," he said, his voice sounding very regretful, his middle fingers touching the portion of the lower lip.
Referee Kenny Bayless expressed surprise over the sudden turn of events.
After suffering a knockdown in the third, Pacquiao came back, scoring a knockdown of his own with a sneaky left that staggered Marquez, whose glove touched the deck, and Bayless had to issue a count.
Bayless said Pacquiao had taken command after the fifth round before Marquez unloaded with the shot heard around the world.
"When I saw his face on the canvas, and he was making no effort to try to get up, that's when I just stopped it," Bayless told the online edition of The Ring magazine.
"I had seen enough. I could just look at him and see that."
Bayless described Pacquiao's eyes as "kind of glassy."