HE may have lost the biggest fight of his stellar career, but Manny Pacquiao will be back in the warm embrace of his countrymen when he comes back on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old Filipino boxing pride is expected to arrive in the country before the break of dawn on Wednesday from Los Angeles, more than a week after losing by unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their welterweight unification title match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao was supposed to be back by Wednesday last week, but was forced to delay the date of his return for a week after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear on his right rotator cuff in his injured right shoulder.
The entire Pacquiao family including wife Jinkee and their five children, along with close relatives and friends, have started packing their things in preparation for the long 13-hour flight from LA to Manila via Philippine Airlines flight PR 103.
The eight-time world division champion had been in the US since February 28 when training camp began at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood as he prepared for his highly-awaited 12-round showdown against Mayweather billed as the ‘Fight of the Century.’
But fighting with an injury to his right shoulder, Pacquiao lost to Mayweather by unanimous decision, 118-110, 116-112, 116-112.
Four days after the richest match in boxing history, the Filipino southpaw underwent surgery under famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed the 90-minute procedure on the Pacman.
The week-long stay in LA allowed Pacquiao and his wife to celebrate their 15th year anniversary on Sunday.
In a photo he posted on Instagram, the boxing champion was shown wearing a sling on his right arm while wife Jinkee was beside him.
The caption had Pacquiao greeting his wife on their anniversary.
“Happy 15th Wedding Anniversary to my beautiful wife. Thank you Lord for giving us 15 years together. May our love for each other and for our Lord grow more and more each day. I love you @jinkeepacquiao.”