By Mario Casayuran
After a bruising boxing fight in Las Vegas last Sunday, boxing icon Senator Emmanuel ‘’Manny’’ D. Pacquiao is back to work at the 24-member Senate but admitted his body is still hurting.
In a press briefing before yesterday afternoon’s plenary session, Pacquiao said he has no plans of retiring because ‘’masaya pa akong lumalaban (I am still happy fighting).’’
As he is now 40 years old, his performance in the ring would depend on how he manages his time.
Asked if he is feeling old, Pacquiao replied: ‘’Di naman, ayos lang ako. si (Keith) Thurman malakas, his jabs..he is heavy-handed.’’ (I am ok. But Thurman’s jabs are strong).
Asked if he is raring for more major fights Pacqiuaio said: ’’ilan na lang.’’ (A few more.)
But he said there would be no more fights this year.
For the benefit of media practitioners, Pacquiao took off his sunglass to show his ‘’black eye’’ on the left eye, adding that his eyesight is alright.
After a doctor-ordered rest after the fight to allow his ‘’blackeye’’ to recover in Nevada, Pacquiao returned to Manila yesterday morning to get back to his Senate duties, failing to attend President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday afternoon.
‘’I came back, I am excited to go back to work. Ayaw ko ma-miss ang mga topics,’’ he added. (I don’t want to miss other legislative issues.)
Pacquaio insisted that his body is still in tip-top shape.