Newly “retired” Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said he was enjoying his family more now that he has a lot of time.
Pacquiao admitted this in a press conference upon his arrival in the Philippines early Thursday, April 14.
Pacquiao had announced his retirement from the sport and indicated the fight with American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas last April 10 (Philippine time) would be his last so that he could focus on his political career.
Pacquiao is running for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) with Vice President Jejomar Binay as the party standard-bearer.
Pacquiao will fly to General Santos City on Friday, April 15, to meet with his campaign team.
The Philippine Airlines (PAL) plane bearing Pacquiao landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1 shortly after 5 a.m. with wife Jinkee and five children from Los Angeles.
For what could perhaps be the last time in his storied career, Pacquiao received a hero’s welcome for bringing honor to the country with a victory in professional boxing.
Pacquiao, who won over Bradley via unanimous decision last April 10 (Philippine time), ate breakfast before riding a motorcade that took him to parts of Metro Manila shortly after his arrival.
He also met Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach at the Novotel Hotel and Resort in Quezon City and posted the photo on his social media account.
Wurtzbach is in the Philippines to turn over her Binibining Pilipinas crown this Sunday, April 17, to the winner of the 2016 edition of the pageant.
Pacquiao, however, hasn’t completely disassociated himself from sports as he has remained playing coach of the Mahindra Enforcers in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).