More than a week after losing his mega-fight to Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao has returned home. The boxer made his way back to the Philippines, where he met the media to address the bout and his subsequent shoulder surgery.
Pacquiao lost to Maywweather by unanimous decision, failing to win more than four rounds on any of the three judges’ scorecards. But despite the final decision and the feeling of most experts who watched the fight, PacMan is still convinced that he should’ve been named the winner.
“Even if I do not feel well after the third round, fourth round, if we look at it round by round, you’ll see that we didn’t lose,” Pacquiao told the media. “But like I said, we respect the decision of the judges.”
Since the May 2 fight, there has been a lot of talk about a potential rematch. Just a few days after he improved his career record to 48-0, Mayweather said that he would give Pacquiao rematch. But the undefeated boxer soon changed his tune, calling Pacquiao a “sore loser.”
Mayweather claimed that Pacquiao was making excuses for his loss after he continued to mention that he fought with a shoulder injury. While the ailment might not have had much of an effect on the bout's outcome, it will keep Pacquiao out of action for a significant period of time. Before Pacquiao returned to the Philippines, he had shoulder surgery, which won’t allow him to fight for nine to 12 months.
Pacquiao will be 37 years old when he’s finally cleared to fight again, and a rematch with Mayweather is certainly no guarantee. The champ in eight different weight classes has said he will return to the ring when he is healthy, but he doesn’t know whom his opponent will be.
"For now I don't talk about it, about my next fight," Pacquiao said. "My focus is to recover and be OK."
Pacquiao was seen wearing a cast upon his arrival in the Philippines, as he recovers from his injury. He took a year off between fights in 2012 and 2013, but such a long layoff was uncharacteristic of the boxer. Since his last unanimous decision defeat in 2005, Pacquiao has competed in 21 fights.
The mega-fight ended up being the most profitable PPV in history, by a wide margin. The 4.4 million PPV buys topped the 2.5 million buys generated by Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya in 2008. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao also generated more than $500 million in total revenue.