Juan Manuel Márquez
I was very excited to face Manny Pacquiao. In his last fight he had moved up to featherweight and totally destroyed Marco Antonio Barrera in impressive fashion. After seeing that fight, my trainer Nacho Beristain and I put in the hardest training camp I had ever had in preparation for defending my titles against Pacquiao
In the first minute of the fight I was getting to Pacquiao easily. He seemed very tentative and I decided this would be a good time to be more aggressive - as a surprise attack - and back him up.
But I got careless because of the early success I had with my aggressive offensive attack and Pacquiao caught me twice with punches I did not even see. His speed and his movement were extraordinary.
Each time I got up from those two knockdowns I was even more determined to get him. I was impatient and careless and that was a mistake because he knocked me down a third time. This time I saw the punch, but I couldn't block it. As I went down that third...