|Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao remains upbeat despite his shocking loss to unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila).
In an interview with Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino on “The Buzz,” Pacquiao insisted that he was “okay” even as he deals with the fallout of his fourth career loss.
Pacquiao outlanded and outpunched Bradley throughout their 12-round encounter, but was shockingly denied a victory. Bradley won via split decision with scores of 113-115, 115-113, and 115-113.
“Thank God na... hindi naman ako nasaktan,” Pacquiao said.
The Filipino boxer said he did not feel bad following the loss because of his strong faith in God.
“Hindi sumama ang loob ko, because I have God, and I believe God has a good plan for me,” Pacquiao said.
While some pundits claimed that the loss to Bradley was a test of Pacquiao’s faith, the boxer said his faith in God would not waver.
“Yung faith ko, malapit ako sa Panginoon. ‘Yung faith ko ay 100%... Mas lalo pa nga akong nag-increase dahil I know God has a good plan for me,” he said.
Pacquiao was admittedly frustrated, however, with Bradley’s game plan.
“Before the fight, he was telling the media na he’s going to fight toe-to-toe with me, he’s going to fight inside, gusto n’yang magpalitan kami ng mga suntok, tapos tumatakbo-takbo s’ya,” Pacquiao said.
“Every round, until the 12th round, I’m trying to knock him out. Kaya mas maraming suntok ang binibitawan ko, kaya lang I was surprised na tumatakbo-takbo s’ya,” he added.
It was the first fight of Pacquiao’s career that was watched by his children.
His wife, Jinkee, said she teared up when their second son, Michael, told her: “It’s okay, Mommy, he’s still the winner.”
“Dun ako naiyak sa sinabi n’ya sa akin. Alam nila na panalo talaga si Manny. Wala tayong magagawa sa desisyon,” Jinkee told "The Buzz."
The Pacquiao family plans to take a vacation and might go to Europe and Israel.