Newly crowned World Boxing Or-ganization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao Pacquiao arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 4:16 a.m. on Tuesday with Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa and former Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson.
Pacquiao, who on Sunday dethroned Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision in their 12-round main event bout at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, said that there is no deal yet on a rematch with unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiao added that his main priority right now is to attend to his duties as a senator.
“We didn’t talk about the rematch. We just greeted each other when I invited him in my place after the fight,” Pacquiao told The Manila Times on Tuesday after a welcome party at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City.
Mayweather watched the Pacquiao-Vargas fight but didn’t grant any interview after the event. He defeated Pacquiao via unanimous decision in their May 2, 2015 bout.
“I guess the rematch is possible if he (Mayweather) comes out of retirement. He is retired,” Pacquiao added. “As what I’ve said, we didn’t discuss that. I’m thankful to all your supports and prayers. I returned immediately because I have work to do in the office.”
Asked if there’s a chance for rematch with Vargas, Pacquiao said: “It depends on the people if they like to see it again. It is up to the people.”
Vargas, after the fight expressed his desire for a rematch.
Pacquiao, 37, is the first senator to win a world boxing title while in office.
Pacquiao also thanked his fellow lawmakers Senators Vicente Sotto and Cynthia Villar for filing resolutions to honor him for his win against Vargas.
He added that his fellow senators aim to resume the inquiry on alleged extra judicial killings after Abuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was killed inside his prison cell.
The Senate, according to Pacquiao, would also probe the alleged anomaly in the use of Yolanda relief funds.
WITH REPORT FROM BENJIE L. VERGARA