Manny Pacquiao says Floyd Mayweather Jr. was cheering for him in Thurman bout
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 22, 2019 05:24 PM
"Nagchi-cheer siya sa akin, na-tayo nga siya eh, na-talon sa upuan niya nung bumagsak sa first round si [Thurman]," - Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Eight-division boxing world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao turned in another brilliant performance on the big stage as he dominated previously undefeated Keith Thurman to score a split decision victory and capture the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship, Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And while Pacquiao was successful in his main goal, the boxer-slash-senator could not head back home to the Philippines in time for the State of the Nation Address, Monday.
Pacquiao had hoped to be able to put Thurman away early and take as little damage as possible to be able to fly out immediately, but insted was tested by the 30-year old in a 12-round contest.
As a result, Pacquiao was told to rest and would be heading home Sunday evening. He assured that he would be back home in time for the Senate Session on Tuesday.
"Pinag-pahinga muna ako, mamayang gabi kami aalis, pero sa session hahabol ako, sa Tuesday, nandoon na ako," Pacquiao shared in an interview with ABS-CBN's morning show Umagang Kay Ganda.
During the interview, Pacquiao also touched on a few things about fight night and said that he had no qualms about giving Thurman a rematch.
The American suffered his first loss in 31 bouts, but is expected to work his way back to the upper echelon of the welterweight division.
"Wala naman akong problema, mas maganda pag may rematch," Pacquiao stated.
Speaking of rematches, many fans continue to clamor for a rematch between Pacquiao and rival Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr.
With his impressive outing against Thurman, some are hoping that that is enough to entice the undefeated star to return to action and run in back with the Filipino boxing icon.
In fact, Pacquiao shared that he saw "Money" jump right out of his seat during the first-round knockdown of Thurman.
"Nagchi-cheer siya sa akin, na-tayo nga siya eh, na-talon sa upuan niya nung bumagsak sa first round si [Thurman]," Pacquiao shared.
While right now, a rematch seems to be unlikey, with Mayweather being retired and maintaining that he's staying retired, Pacquiao isn't ruling anything out, especially if the undefeated American decides to make a comeback.
"Hindi natin alam. Kung bumalik siya sa boxing, then may posibilidad," Pacquiao said.