Boxing: Manny Pacquiao talks about burglary, eye injury, and watching the Warriors
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 24, 2019 08:41 AM
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It has been close to a week since Manny Pacquiao soundly defeated Adrien Broner to retain the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship last Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Usually, the days after the fight are when all the attention and all the stories begin to slow down, but this wasn't the case for the eight-division world champion, who's had quite the busy past couple of days.
Before Pacquiao and his family flew out from Los Angeles back to Manila, Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN was able to quickly catch up with the Filipino boxing icon and touch on a few subjects of concern.
Days after the bout, stories came out that Pacquiao had suffered an injury to the eye. Fearing the worst, many thought of it to be a detached retina, but Pacquiao says that it's nothing more than just a scratch.
"Wala naman, it's okay. Gasgas lang, bugbog lang, I've experienced it before in my other eye. Nothing to worry about, natignan naman na ng Doctor."
“Gasgas lang, bugbog lang. I’ve experienced it before on my other side” - @mannypacquiao talks about the eye injury sustained at #PacquiaoBroner knocking out reports that he suffered a detached retina. @ANCALERTS @ABSCBNNews @ABSCBNNewsSport pic.twitter.com/PxPaA9nHse— Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) January 23, 2019
Pacquiao also talked about the burglary that took place at his LA home in the Hancock neighborhood, which was broken into as they were heading back from Las Vegas a day after the Broner fight.
This wasn't the first time that the house was broken into. The first time was back in 2011.
"Twice na ito. Okay naman, wala namang importanteng mga gamit na [nakuha]. Ang importante lang ay yung maliit na safety box, maliit na vault."
Asked for a message for those responsible, Pacquiao said that he simply offers everything up to God.
"I just pray and entrust to the Lord, but I’m not condemmjng them. I'm praying for them the Lord will touch their hearts and change their lives," Pacquiao told Angeles. "Whether I know them or not, I’m praying to the Lord that they will change their heart."
Caught up with @mannypacquiao earlier tonite. When asked about the recent burglary while he was fighting, the Pacman offered his prayers. @ABSCBNNews @ABSCBNNewsSport @ANCALERTS @balitangamerica pic.twitter.com/h9sinWEV3J— Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) January 23, 2019
On a lighter note, Manny did get to enjoy some downtime during his last few days in Los Angeles, which included getting to see the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors play the Los Angeles Lakers.
Pacquiao got to meet some of the Warriors backstage, including Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Andre Iguodala.
He also ran into a familiar face in the crowd, someone that he might be seeing a lot more of in the near future as well...
As of press time, Pacquiao and his family are en route back to the Philippines, thus officially ending an eventful #PacBroner coverage.
The champ is going home. @mannypacquiao and wife Jinkee have just boarded their Philippine bound flight, with the Pacman carrying Israel though the terminal. #PacquiaoBroner has officially ended. pic.twitter.com/jxPFXbMRxW— Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) January 23, 2019