Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee arrived in Manila from Los Angeles, California via Guam on Philippine Airlines early morning flight.
Pacquiao and his wife were welcomed by their children at the airport. Also on hand to welcome Pacquiao and his entourage were former Manila Mayor Lito Antienza and son Ali.
In a brief statement up arrival at the airport, Pacquiao thanked the people who supported him in his training and during his fight against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.
A little over a week ago, Pacquiao won a controversial majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"I thank the Filipino people for their support. With God’s help, I won. But to those who think the judges’ decision was wrong, I’d say get real…be a Filipino." Pacquiao said.
Asked about his "not so good" performance against the Mexican counter-puncher, Pacquiao said "I believed that before the bout was over, I was ahead and winning."
"That’s boxing. There are instances where you don’t win through a one-sided fight. You can’t always beat your opponent in a lopsided way. They also have fists. It so happened that my fight was a close fight."
The eight-division champion said he wants to take a rest, be with his family and come back to decide on his next fight including the choice for his next opponent.
He said he will immediately return to congress to resume his legislative work.
Later in the day, Pacquiao and his entourage will proceed to Quiapo Church in downtown Manila for his usual after-fight thanksgiving mass.