As Pacquiao awaits doctor's advice, champ's flight back for SONA unsure


Posted at Jul 21 2019 02:50 PM

What does his brutal fight versus Thurman remind Pacquiao of? His first bout against Erik Morales. Joe Camporeale, USA Today Sports/Reuters

There's a chance that the now undisputed WBA welterweight champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao might not be able to attend President Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday after hurting his eye during his 12-round bout with Keith Thurman.

Apparently, a bit of petroleum jelly got into his eye while he was at his corner in between rounds. 

"Mag-uusap pa kami ng doctor ko," said Pacquiao when asked by ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo if he will be able to attend the President's SONA. 

"Pupunta siya sa room ko ngayon. Che-checkup-in niya ako kung puwede."

But aside from his eye issue, Pacquiao said he wasn't seriously hurt by Thurman.

"OK lang kundisyon ko, OK naman ang katawan ko . . . 'yung mata ko lang. 'Yung dating na-scratch. Napasukan ng vaseline," said Pacquiao.

The Filipino champion said Thurman, whom he floored in the first round, gave him a good fight.

He said Thurman reminded him of his first clash with Erik Morales where he lost via decision after sustaining a nasty cut.

"Naalala ko 'yung Morales fight, Morales 1," he said. "Kaya hindi ako nagkumpiyansa. Dahil malakas at mabigat rin (si Thurman). Hindi puwedeng i-underestime."

When asked about talks regarding a possible rematch with Thurman, pacquiao said he'd rather concentrate with his work at home first.

"Pahinga muna. Trabaho muna sa Senate, sa office," said Pacquiao.

Pacquiao defeated Thurman via a split decision. With the win, he became the undisputed WBA "super" welterweight champion.

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