Pacquiao surprised by warm welcome after Ugas upset | Inquirer Sports

Pacquiao surprised by warm welcome after Ugas upset

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 06:19 PM August 31, 2021
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Manny Pacquiao gestures to fans after his WBA welterweight title fight against Yordenis Ugas at T-Mobile Arena on August 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao was surprised by the warm reception he received upon his arrival back home from the United States on Monday.

Pacquiao did not expect to have somewhat a hero’s welcome after his stunning loss to Yordenis Ugas of Cuba in their welterweight title fight last Aug. 22 (Manila time) in Las Vegas.

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“I never thought that they will welcome me like this. I thought there will be no fanfare because I did not win. I’m really grateful for the warm welcome,” said Pacquiao in Filipino in an interview with GMA News.

The 42-year-old Pacquiao, whose boxing future is uncertain at this point, was also apologetic for failing to deliver in a fight he was expected to win.

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“I’m sorry we didn’t win but at least, we fought and we didn’t give up,” said the eight-division champion.

Pacquiao, who boarded Philippine Airlines Flight 103 from Los Angeles along with his wife Jinkee, son Israel and several members of his entourage, and his camp will complete a mandatory 10-day quarantine at Conrad Manila in Pasay City.

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