MANNY Pacquiao wasted no time to be reunited with wife Jinkee and their four children.
Shortly upon arriving in the country just before dawn of Good Friday, the boxing hero rested for just a few hours before taking the next available flight to General Santos City where he was welcomed back with open arms by his pregnant wife and kids Emmanuel, Jimwell, Princess, and Queen Elizabeth.
The 35-year-old Pacquiao had been away from his family for almost two months as he went to the US just before March to complete the final phase of his training camp for his world title rematch against Timothy Bradley held last week at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Jinkee failed to personally watch her husband avenge his controversial loss to Bradley two years ago as she is expected to give birth to her fifth baby with the Filipino boxing great by the end of the month.
Pacquiao beat Bradley by unanimous decision to regain the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.
The newly-crowned champion arrived aboard Philippine Airlines flight 103 after a 13-hour travel from Los Angeles.
Pacquiao, wearing a black jacket over white polo and jeans, was bursting with energy upon disembarking from the plane as he proceeded to the airport lobby, where he was greeted by a warm welcome from early morning passengers and bystanders.
The fighting congressman of Sarangani said he dedicated the latest victory of his Hall of Fame career to God, while repeatedly expressing gratitude for the support given him by the entire Filipino people.
Being a Good Friday, no elaborate hero’s welcome awaited the boxing legend upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.
According to a GMA News report, among those present at the airport to greet him were Senators Gringo Honasan and JV Ejercito.