Romney to Pacquiao: Hello, Manny, I Ran for Prez, I Lost

So did Pacquiao in knockout stunner

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 9, 2012 6:46 AM CST

(Newser) – Mitt Romney continued his post-election re-entry last night by taking in the fourth fight between boxer Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, and the AP notes that the candidate dropped by Pacquiao's dressing room beforehand with this strange greeting: "Hello Manny. I ran for president. I lost." Pacquiao is a congressman in his native Philippines, and has professed to having presidential ambitions, so perhaps Romney was preemptively softening the blow of defeat. And the boxer would need it: Marquez stunned him, and his home country, with a knockout defeat. "This is like (Typhoon Bopha) took a U-turn and came back to hit us with a Pacquiao knockout," says one boxing analyst, calling it a "double tragedy."

Mitt Romney talks with a spectator at ringside prior to a fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Mitt Romney and wife Ann sit near ringside prior to a welterweight fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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