By Azer N. Parrocha
MANILA, April 14 (PNA) – Fresh from what he considered his last bout in Las Vegas, boxing icon Manny Pacquiao greeted a sea of Filipino fans with a big smile who welcomed him back to Manila on Thursday morning.
The newly-retired champion arrived the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at around 5:30 a.m., accompanied by his wife Jinkee and their children and later headed off to a press conference at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City.
He also had a motorcade at around 8:30 am from the Dusit Hotel heading to Novotel at the Araneta Center in Cubao.
During the press conference, Pacquiao, began his speech by asking his fans if they had eaten their breakfast or lunch yet and thanked them for their prayers and support throughout his boxing career.
He noted that he was content with what he has achieved in the boxing industry and apologized to fans who were disappointed over his decision to retire.
Despite clamors to continue boxing, Pacquiao, said that he has already made up his mind to stick to his retirement plan after Bradley fight.
Pacquiao’s won his 58th fight highlighted with 38 knockouts with six defeats.
He knocked down his opponent, American boxer Timothy Bradley twice en route to a unanimous of 116-110 decision victory on Sunday (Manila time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After boxing, he said his main priority is to “help the (Filipino) people.”
The 37-year-old boxer, who is also the incumbent congressman of the lone district of Saranggani province, is currently eyeing a senatorial seat in the upcoming