You train for hours, the drive, the focus, the energy and to have it all come crashing down with a single blow, a single shot. Most get up and continue with their careers, others do not. It's all very fast, you're on the canvas, you're hurt, you want to get up but you know you can't, it's just so loud, you are trying to focus on the count. The ref is over you trying to make sure you can here him. What's going on in the mind, how did I get here, I got to get up, what round is it, am I ahead on the scorecards, should I take an eight count, or jump right back up. This all happens in one second in you're head. The referee counts to ten and you're out, now the doubts the hurt all are setting in.
Many fighters go through this and bounce right back, others it's a tough mental process. Montell Griffin didn't really want to focus on the fact that his career was changed forever by the Roy Jones knockout, "all I will say is this, I have sparred Floyd, and I fought Roy twice and Roy is by far the fastest fighter I have ever fought, but I think by Roy failing that test, kind of makes me feel cheated a little bit, no disrespect to Roy, but I do feel cheated."
Manny Pacquiao has suffered two early knockout losses in his career and mentally was able to bounce back, "Manny comes from nothing, the odds of Pacquiao reaching the level he has now, are about 100 million to 1, so you think a loss will stay with him, and break him mentally, did you see where this guy comes from." said Justin Fortune, Pacquiao former strength and conditioning coach.
You see some fighters go through a mental phase of lying to themselves, as a way of dealing with the pain. A fighter we can't name, took a shot sparring and hit the canvas, got up and went to the guy recording the sparring session and said erase that now, and the media reporter showed him he had indeed erase it from his camera. The fighter after sparring went to him hugged him and gave him an exclusive interview, to make up for the sparring collapse.
With all this said, it's safe to say, you will best know what kind of fighter you have seeing how they come of the canvas for the first time.