MANILA, Philippines — Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao applauded compatriot Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. for his "impressive" perfomance against former world champion Wladimir Sidorenko over the weekend.
“Congratulations sa 'yo, Nonito, sa magandang performance at na-knock-out mo ng 4 rounds. Very impressive. Saludo ako at sana ipagpatuloy mo at sana masundan mo ang yapak ko,” Pacquiao said.
(Congratulations, Nonito, for your very good perfomance and knocking out your opponent in 4 rounds. I salute you and hope that you continue what you do and follow my footsteps).
Donaire won the World Boxing Association (WBA) interim bantamweight title title over Sidorenko at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California last Saturday (Sunday, in Manila).
Away from boxing
Meanwhile, Pacquiao refused about to talk about his next possible opponent. The 8-division champ said he still is enjoying his break.
Pacquiao said that if he's not spending time with his family, his attention is focused on his duties as Sarangani congressman.
“Sa ngayon, ayoko munang pag-usapan ang boxing. Naka-focus ako sa pagse-serbisyo ngayon at sa pagiging public servant at magkaroon ng time sa pamilya ko. Iyon ang focus ko, siyempre nagseserbisyo na tayo sa tao,” he said.
(For now, I don't want to talk about boxing. I'm focusing on being a public servant and spending time with my family. That's my focus, of course).
The Fighter of the Decade, who turns 32 on December 17, said he has already laid out plans for his birthday party.
His birthday gathering will follow a “musical” theme. A lot of celebrities, politicians and friends abroad are on the guest list.
“Maraming darating, hindi lang dito sa Pilipinas kundi from (the) United States,” he said.
(Many will attend, not only from here in the Philippines but also from the United States).
Pacquiao is scheduled to fight again in April next year.
He will have to choose among fellow boxing champions Andre Berto, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao last fought Antonio Margarito in their World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title bout last November. He defeated the Mexican via unanimous decision, earning his 8th world title. — With a report from Kathy Kasayan, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN