Romney spotted ringside at Marquez-Pacquiao fight
December 9th, 2012
09:08 AM ET
5 years ago

Romney spotted ringside at Marquez-Pacquiao fight

(CNN) - Mitt Romney ended his political battle a month ago, but the former GOP presidential nominee took in a different kind of fight Saturday: a non-title bout in Las Vegas between boxers Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.

Romney shook Pacquiao's hand before the fight, wishing him success in the match. Pacquiao himself is also a politician, serving as a congressman in his native Philippines. He has endorsed some American politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat.

According to a tweet from Greg Bishop, who covers boxing for the New York Times, Romney greeted Pacquiao in the locker room after the bout, telling the defeated fighter: "Hello Manny. I ran for president. I lost."

The fight came to an end 2:59 into the sixth round, after Marquez landed a right hand to Pacquiao's face, knocking him cold late Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Pacquiao went down face-first and lay motionless for a while, possibly unconscious, before eventually sitting up. It was called a technical knockout and Marquez declared the winner.

Pacquiao shook Marquez' hand.

The fight was originally scheduled for 12 rounds. Both fighters scored knock-downs earlier in the fight with Marquez putting Pacquiao on his back and Pacquiao tipping Marquez enough off of his feet to cause one of his gloves to touch the mat.

CNN's Ben Brumfield and Jill Martin contributed to this report.

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soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Pander Bear

    The Romney touch at work: Shakes a guy's hand and he end up face down and motionless on the canvas. I see a great career in foreign policy ahead of him. Let's have him shake the hands of Ahmadinejad, Morsi and Chavez.

    December 9, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    I really hope Mittens didn't greet Pacquiao by saying he'd run for president and lost; how self-centered and tacky can you get!

    We really dodged a bullet by sending Mittens packing ...

    December 9, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. jane

    why oh why must you dress as if you're in a board meeting instead of a boxing fight

    December 9, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. abmri60

    It seems he has a strange way about him, likes to watch fights, enjoys time spend at Disneyland, shopping sprees at Costco, orders Thanksgiving dinner at Boston ?

    December 9, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. JulieB

    I agree with '@onlyfacts and @LarryL about horribly barbaric boxing is. Would never expect Romney to be there. This is an activity that a religious person finds entertaining? Every comment about him looking like an idiot dressed for a debate and watching minorities beating each other senseless is spot on. He really should do something productive. He has the money and the time.

    December 9, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    I see Ann managed to pull herself together, long enough to come out among "you people". This is exactly what the Romney's would do in the White House. N O T H I N G. The guy is a loser, whose only claim to fame is riding his father's coattails his entire life and I hope we don't have to keep following these losers around, as we sent them a message loud and clear to GET LOST. Personally, I will never forget the way he encouraged employers to fire their employees, just so he could get a job (he doesn't need), live off the taxpayers and get his rotten name in the history books. No misery is unwarranted to the Romney's and I will never feel any sympathy towards them.
    Enjoy your misery on behalf of all the people you hurt to get where you are.
    One of the 47%ers

    December 9, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Peter G

    Mitt, I'm not giving up, since the electoral college votes aren't counted until January 6, 2013. By then Obama's fraudulent activity such his faked certificate of live birth, the brouhaha in Benghazi Libya on 9/11/2011, voting machines that defaulted to voting for Obama, etc. You will be the President of the U.S. soon. The U.S.A. needs you intelligence and persistence.

    December 9, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @onlyfacts: "ps, one of whom was almost the leader of the free world AND is very religious!"

    Going to church no more makes a person a Christian than sleeping in a garage makes you a car.

    December 9, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |

    I bet he runs again in 2016!

    December 9, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. PJ


    December 9, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. markymark715

    If we were there we would of teased the crap out of them for sure. I wish he would just go home and play with his car elevator. I don't know what it is about him exactly that I don't like, maybe the part of him that is a total sleazeball.

    December 9, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. phil john

    Romney shook Pacquiao hands and he lost?? Did Pacquiao know Romney was toxic? He can ask Romney how to rebound after a K.O.

    December 9, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |

    Nobody cares. Millions of Republicans didn't care on Nov 6.

    December 9, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. jo an

    Boxing is soooo sad..!!!!

    December 9, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Jardlfo

    Manny Pacquiao is a big Romney supporter, and endorsed him in 2012.

    December 9, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Please fade away

    How strange. Has Romney ever attended a boxing match in his life? The real story is that the casino owner raised money for Romney and weird-Romney thinks he giving payback. It is truly frightening to think that Romney was nominated to run for president. He has such a warped sense of reality.

    December 9, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Steve Wilson, Canada

    I don't know one single Canadian that isn't truly relieved that this clown didn't become your President. That includes me...

    December 9, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Lane

    So before the election he goes all over the country in shirt sleeves and jeans to show he's a "regular guy" then after he looses he goes to a prize fight in a suit and tie? What a faker.

    December 9, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Anonymous


    I am suprised that he joined Marriott instead of running a non-profit organization for humanity purpose. I think he and Ann need to leave money-chasing to his children.

    He has enough followers to pull in donatotions, or deliver speeches. Ann can go and run (or be a spokewoman for) charitable organizations to cure cancers.

    December 9, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Pat

    Boxing is among the family values of the LDS?

    December 9, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Lane

    So when you say he looks like "Presidential timber" do you mean stiff and wooden? Or some other sort of timber? And "Great American" Ann listed one of the worse days of her life was spending a rainy day trapped in one of their mansions with her 6 boys. Theres lots of mothers of Gold Star mothers that would gladly switch places with her.

    December 9, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Blizake

    Seriously? Reading this section has been sickening. It is little wonder that the nation I've come to call home is in so much trouble. Each and every one of you, or the majority at least, is so partisan it is troubling. Half of you resort to blaming dems, occasionally resulting to childlike name calling. The other half blame republicans, and refuse to acknowledge that maybe both parities have fault in this mess. WAKE UP!!! It is not the parties to blame here, it is the electorate of the United States! WE remain uninformed, WE refuse to demand serious discussion on capital hill, WE refuse to do our research before elections. As a result of how little we know about the people that "serve" us, we are fed bullsh*t discussion from both parties in a political stalemate. They don't have to come up with any plans that are good, because they know they will be relected by those many citizens in our nation that refuse to vote for anyone outside their party. So long as a republican comes from a republican district, and so long as a democrat has a secure democratic electorate back home, they can simply vote strictly along partisan lines and rest assured they will be coming back to capital hill. This is sick. We need term limits people, TERM LIMITS. One term congress, one for house, one for the presidency, and likewise on the state level. The term POLITICIAN should not exist in our vocabulary, we need citizens to step up and run our nation, for the betterment of the nation!

    December 9, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. CrimsoninOK

    The reason liberals still have to rip on romney is that they still realize that they sign the BACK of the paycheck. Republicans still sign the front.. 2 years, keep cheering, tick tock.

    December 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. labman57

    "According to Pacquiao's publicist Fred Sternburg, Romney began the short conversation by saying: "Hello Manny. I ran for president. I lost." "

    Does Romney really believe that anyone in the civilized world doesn't already know that he lost the presidential election?

    Perhaps this is part of Mitt's therapy to cope with his shock, disappointment, and utter disbelief over the election's outcome - by greeting everyone he meets with the following introduction:
    "Hello. My name is Mitt. I ran for POTUS, and I lost."

    December 9, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. nothing new here

    Okay, and why is this newsworthy?
    I am not interested in these polticians extracurricular activites – provided that they pay for their pleasure with their own money, and not the taxpayers.

    December 9, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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