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MANILA – Sarangani congressman and former World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao arrived early morning Saturday, and was set to proceed to his home province in Sarangani, where his constituents have been badly hit by flash floods.
Pacquiao arrived at NAIA Terminal 2 on PAL flight PR103 from Los Angeles with trainer Buboy Fernandez and Governor Chavit Singson. He will be in the country for five days, having left behind his family in Los Angeles.
Welcoming him at the airport was his long-time close friend and mentor, former three-term Manila Mayor Lito Atienza and son Ali. They immediately proceeded to the Presidential lounge where Pacquiao, whose last fight with Timothy Bradley is undergoing review as incredulity met the judges’ split decision against the Filipino champ, held a 10-minute press conference.
"Salamat sa mga kababayan sa suporta....Masaya ako nakabalik [Thanks to my countrymen for the support. I am happy to be back], God is good all the time," said Pacquiao.
Asked for an update on his controversial loss to Bradley via a split decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last Saturday (Sunday in Manila), he said, "kalimutan na natin ang nangyari...tanggapin natin nang buong puso ang decision ng mga referee [Let’s forget what happened, let’s accept the decision of the referees]."
He said that he is flying to his home province to assist flood victims in Sarangani and will later rejoin his family, who is waiting for him in Los Angeles, for their planned trip to Jerusalem soon.