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Romney makes guest appearance at Pacquiao-Marquez fight

Defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney was a guest ringside Saturday night at the fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.

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

Romney also visited with Pacquiao in his dressing room before the fight, wishing him well in the bout.

"Hello Manny. I ran for president. I lost," Romney told the fighter, according to Pacquiao publicist Fred Sternburg. The pre-fight talk may have been a bit of bad luck for Pacquiao, who also lost - the old-fashioned way, with a huge right hand from Marquez in the sixth round.

Pacquiao is a congressman in the Philippines, and has said previously he might run one day for the president of his country.

Romney and his wife, Ann, were guests of Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Bill Brady at the fight at the MGM Grand hotel arena. Brady hosted a fundraiser for Romney during the presidential campaign.

The Romneys arrived during the undercard, drawing little reaction from the crowd.

In addition to Saturday's fight, Romney has been spotted in various non-political places since he lost to President Obama last month: Disneyland, Costco, a gas station in La Jolla, Calif.  He also had lunch with Mr. Obama at the White House and rejoined the board of directors of Marriott International in recent weeks.

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