“I’m sorry, I did not give you a win,” posted Sen. Manny Pacquiao on his Twitter Account on August 23 after his defeat by Cuban boxer Yordenis Ugas in their WBA welterweight title bout on Sunday.
“I am proud to represent our country,” said Pacquiao who declined to give a categorical response when asked after the fight if he would run for President of the Philippines.
Instead, Pacquiao said he will make an announcement next month about his political plan.
The Filipino boxing champ. also thanked all his fans around the world who watched the fight.
While hoping for a different outcome in this fight, the 42-year old “Pambansang Kamao” wished Ugas all the best.
The Senator and eight-division world champion, congratulated Ugas and his team for the victory.
Pacquiao revealed, “In the future you may not see Manny Pacquiao fight in the ring. I’ve done a lot for boxing and boxing has done a lot for me. I look forward to spending time with my family and thinking about my future in boxing,” said Pacquiao. It was his first fight after two years of absence in the ring.
“I did my best tonight but my best wasn’t good enough. No excuses. I wanted to fight for the title in the ring, and the champion tonight is still Ugas,” he added.
Pacquiao, who has set his sight on the presidency in 2022, said he needs to attend to his many tasks as soon as he returns to the Philippines.
Pacquiao was the “sitting president” of the ruling PDP- Laban when some of his party mateselected Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi as party president.
When the party’s national assembly and election took place in Clark City, Pampanga, Pacquiao was in Washington training for his bout with American Errol Spence Jr.
Spence withdrew from the fight after he suffered an eye injury in training. He was replaced by Ugas.
Meanwhile, PDP-Laban Secretary-Gen. Melvin Matibag earlier said Pacquiao’s camp has 10 to 15 days to explain why they should not be expelled from the party after the Senator alleged conversion of regional party People’s Champ Movement (PCM) into a national one.