Pacquiao returning to visit Sarangani

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Jun 15 2012 05:09 PM | Updated as of Jun 16 2012 07:29 AM

LOS ANGELES, California – Congressman Manny Pacquiao has taken off the boxing gloves and is taking on his congressional duties to visit his flash flood-ravaged constituents in Sarangani.

Pacquiao flew out of Los Angeles International airport Thursday night.

The Pacman seemed upbeat while checking in at the Philippine Airlines counter, posing for pictures and stopping for autographs before entering the security gate with financial adviser Michael Koncz.

Since Last Saturday, the boxing world and Filipinos have been up in arms over a close split decision loss to Timothy Bradley.

Filipino community groups such as the Migrant Heritage Commission, which called on sports officials to overturn the result of the fight, have written another letter, this time to Bradley asking him to give up his belt.

The fighting congressman thanked his fans for their continued support.

“Salamat pa rin,” said Pacquiao.

The controversial decision has resulted in reviews and investigations by the World Boxing Organization and Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Pacquiao didn't have much to say about the post-fight initiatives.

“Bayaan na natin sila,” said the pound-for-pound champion.

Several other members of Pacquiao's team were seen boarding as well.

However, wife Jinkee and their children, who were not seen in the airport, are reportedly staying behind in Los Angeles during Manny's short trip in the Philippines.

Sources said the Pacman will return to Los Angeles in a few days where he will reunite with his family and continue their planned trip to Jerusalem.

After that, he'll return to Los Angeles to film his cameo in the movie “Brass Knuckles.”