Pacquiao, who nearly scored a first-round knockout when he dropped Thurman, was supposed to take a private plane from here to Manila just before sunlight so he can attend the State Of The Nation Address scheduled Monday afternoon.
Keith Thurman was a whole lot tougher to beat, but the 40-year-old Filipino senator managed to win that vote as well.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Pacquiao made the whole country proud.
Pacquiao is the only eight- -division champion in boxing history, but he's 40.
Mr. Pacquiao, however, would regain his footing and stood toe-to-toe with Mr. Thurman in the last three rounds, doing more than enough damage to hold on for the victory.
Rounds 8 and 9 were won by Pacquiao as the champ displayed tremendous footwork and unloaded a left hand straight and an uppercut which shook Thurman up. "We were just promoting the fight", Pacquiao said.
So while Pacquiao wouldn't say for certain, the fact he didn't shut the down entirely on a potential rematch could be seen as an indication that he is indeed interested in a rematch with Mayweather. I was just blessed tonight.
Manny Pacquiao will counter with speed, experience and desire.
"He is a fast fighter and smaller fighters normal throw volume punches", said Thurman. But between the two, Pacquiao has landed more jabs and appeared to be the more active fighter until the 5th round. However, Thurman connected on 210 of 571 blows (37 percent). He's a good boxer, and he's strong.
A ferocious Pacquiao body shot in the 10th had Thurman in trouble, again pushing the contest further out of reach. "Thank you, everybody, and thank you, Manny Pacquiao".
Thurman called for a rematch, and the crowd vocally approved.
Before the bout, Floyd Mayweather got into the ring to wish both fighters good luck.
"I knew it was a close fight but he had the knockdown in the first round".
Thurman had been eager to retire Pacquiao, but he even couldn't hurt the ageless wonder. Tonight was a blessing and a lesson.
Although Thurman improved, Pacquiao was able to control the tempo and had Thurman in trouble again in the fifth round with blood pouring from his nose.