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Pacquiao home after stunning defeat, promises to rise again

Associated Press

12/11/2012 11:04:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Manny Pacquiao has returned to the Philippines after his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, saying he will fight again despite some members of his family imploring him to retire.

Shortly after arriving in Manila on Wednesday, Pacquiao told fans "we will rise again" and "there will be future fights."

He says he will rest for five months before going back to the ring.

Government officials and fans carrying signs that read "you're still our greatest champion and hero" welcomed Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee at the airport.

Pacquiao, who was knocked out by Mexico's Marquez in the sixth round last weekend in Las Vegas, is scheduled to attend a concert for his fans later in the day.