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. Xsun

    Romney shook Pacquiao's hand before the fight,Romney shook Pacquiao's hand before the fight?? Little wonder he lost.

    December 9, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. john

    Must want people to think that he is a real man. Remember when Bush Sr., in attempt to appear manly, was photographed in a leather flight jacket? Remember when his fruit was photographed in the flight suit aboard an aircraft carrier with the $750,000.00 banner (supplied by Halliburton) which read "Mission Accomplished? Bunch of dips.

    December 9, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. john

    Wears a jacket and tie to a boxing match, and he was surprised he lost the election.

    December 9, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. arosel

    Romney lost...

    He'll forever be remembered for his 47% comment and his insolent comments.

    December 9, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. arosel

    "Romney shook Pacquiao's hand before the fight, wishing him success in the match."

    Marquez knocked out Pacquioa.. just like Obama knocked out Romney.

    Romney is a loser who picks losers.

    December 9, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Mobay

    See, if Mitt had done these things over the last year, go to a fight, go a a basketball game, take the transit system in Boston,
    serve at a food bank, then he would've been in better touch with the middle class. I'm not surprised he lost. When he ran against ted Kennedy 15 years ago, he lost because he insulted the Irish and other imigrants in he City calling a section of town "Ted Kennedy Country". I also blame his advisors- they should've done a better job but then again, you have to be in touch with people t understand their struggles.

    December 9, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. CTYankee

    Romney looks terrible! I guess a car elevator is not enough to make up for the thumping he took.

    December 9, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. PhilG

    Mitt is still a BILLIONAIRE.

    Gee-anyone here a BILLIONAIRE?

    Did'nt think so.

    December 9, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    A Mormon goes to Las Vegas to watch two people beat each other senseless. Christian values at their finest. True holiday spirit.

    December 9, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  10. HAHA

    He is trying to set himself up for a 2016 run by appearing as a "regular guy" too bad it won't work.

    December 9, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. Bubba

    whats wrong with the guy relaxing and enjoying some entertainmen? let the man relax a little, i think he earned it. Mitt is already wealthy, he wasnt trying to serve to get rich, he was already rich. Thankless job

    December 9, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  12. roro

    Even watching a fight, Romney has that same stupid practiced half-smile on his face. The man is a robot.

    December 9, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  13. tony

    Just like Jesus, one of the earlier liberals, so beloved of social conservatives, or so they claim.

    December 9, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  14. TQTQ

    1) Mitt is bad luck
    2) Who dress like that to go to a boxing match? Loosen up, man!

    December 9, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  15. ghost

    Manny Pacquiao shakes Mitt's hand then proceeds to lose the fight.

    December 10, 2012 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  16. Republicans are close minded hipochrites...nothing more!

    @bribarian. Hummm, funny! I thought that has always been the republican's way of life. Blame somebody else for your own failures. At least Paquiao served as an example by admitting he was too over confident. Get a clue.

    December 10, 2012 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  17. Marie MD

    Gawd, I thought I would never had to look at the creepy weird look ever again. What is he trying to prove? i don't see him and the non working wife attending fights!
    @bribrian – your party is the one taking the country over the cliff and drowning it in hate.

    December 10, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  18. False Left Right

    LOL @ the dems that think they actually "won" something when Obama was given a second term.

    Come Jan. 1st will see how much we all "won".

    I know Romeny (mittens) was bad too. The correct choice this election was "None of the above".

    December 10, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  19. Thomas


    I wouldn't consider Mitt Romney , GW Bush and "Joe" McCarthy as being a funny bunch of bash and blame liberals .

    December 10, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  20. Pink Floyd

    He picked the loser again. And here are the rest of the losers to explain in their own words why their party is failing: " Truth is liberalism can't stand on its own two feet, it always needs someone to bash and blame." Want some cheese with that whine? Sounds kinda like you are bashing and blaming someone. You ought to get that brain of yours looked at.

    December 10, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  21. Larry L


    Mitt is still a BILLIONAIRE.

    Gee-anyone here a BILLIONAIRE?

    Did'nt think so.
    Your point would be....?

    December 10, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  22. Seriously

    His wife looks disgusted in that picture lol

    December 10, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  23. JD

    The election is over people. Let it go!

    December 10, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  24. George

    Good to see him at the fight, whatever his motivations. Like someone above said, if his PR team would've encouraged him to do this last year, he may have won over a few people. I don't like the guy (as a politician, I obviously don't know him personally) – and voted for Obama, but a taste of the real world may help him a little. His poor wife looks horrified! On another note – I hope Manny retires. Don't pull a Roberto Duran on us and be a shot fighter trying for past glory... let it go.

    December 10, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  25. Marie MD

    @peterg, the machines YIU are talking about showed folks choosing the Zpresident only to have the bulky twit and the lyan altar boy being selected.
    Too much faux news and limberger for you. Get a life. Go out for a walk!

    December 10, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
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