Manny Pacquiao was given a hero’s welcome back to Philippines following his defeat by Jeff Horn – but long-time trainer Freddie Roach believes the time has come for the 38-year-old to hang up his gloves.
The eight-weight world champion returned home to his children on Monday after being given a military salute on his arrival at the airport in General Santos.
Manny Pacquiao arrived back in the Philippines on Monday following defeat by Jeff Horn
The 38-year-old fighter was given a military guard of honour at the airport in General Santos
Pacquiao is greeted by supporters in the wake of his seventh career defeat on Saturday
The ‘Pac Man’ returned home with his wife Jinkee, where he was reunited with his children
The eight-weight world champion had hoped a convincing victory over the unheralded Australian would put him in line for a rematch with rival Floyd Mayweather.
But Horn was awarded a contentious unanimous decision as the Filipino suffered the seventh defeat of an illustrious 68-fight career. And Roach, who has worked with Pacquiao since he moved to America in 2001, admitted that the time may have come for his charge to hang up his gloves
‘I’m going to talk to Manny about maybe calling it a day. Maybe this is it,’ Roach said.
Pacquiao was far from his best in the ‘Battle of Brisbane’ but — according to CompuBox statistics — landed nearly double the number of punches as Horn, who was left with a shut right eye after the fight.
Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO world welterweight title to Australian Jeff on Saturday night
The 38-year-old suffered his seventh defeat in an illustrious career to the former schoolteacher
His long-time trainer Freddie Roach, left, said ‘maybe this is it’ following the fight in Australia
‘There’s always going to be the backlash where people are going to say I lucky, or whatever,’ Horn said on Monday.
‘There’s always naysayers saying I didn’t win the fight. I think I won the fight, a lot of Queenslanders think I won the fight and people around the world. So you will always have the select few that are against you.’
Pacquiao was far from his best on Saturday but many observers still felt he won the fight
Roach, who is based in Los Angeles, has trained Pacquiao since he arrived in the USA in 2001