The traffic division of the Kidapawan City PNP said only few vehicles traversed the national highway and streets here, especially when the Pacquiao-Thurman fight began.
In a press briefing before yesterday afternoon's plenary session, Pacquiao said he has no plans of retiring because "masaya pa akong lumalaban (I am still happy fighting)". All it took was left-handed shot to Thurman's body, followed up immediately by a right hook to the 30-year-old's chin for the senator to knock his opponent's ass straight to the canvas.
Until then, Pacquiao's rags-to-riches story continues to inspire millions around the globe, especially in his native Philippines, and his tale will no doubt encourage waves of future fighters for generations to come.
Pacquiao had Thurman down in the first round and put him in deep trouble in the fifth but Thurman stormed back and even took control of the second half of the match. And Im permitting Pacquiao to say the same for himself as he heads toward the Mayweather rematch if the rematch ever gets materialized.
Mr. Pacquiao was a 115-112, 113-114 and 115-112 victor over Mr. Thurman, which he punctuated with a knockdown in the opening round. "But yeah, obviously, 22 months out of the ring... Thank you everybody, and thank you, Manny Pacquiao".
Born in Kibawe in 1978 into vast poverty, Pacquiao and his family were so poor they'd often be unable to even afford basic provisions such as rice.
"I think I will fight next year, "he said, as Keith who conceded after failing to keep his initial promise to send the Filipino into retirement". "Of course, I wanted to win the fight, I fell short, but it was a blessing, and a lesson because we gotta do a little bit more". "Keith "One Time" Thurman has always been a true champion". That's what champions do.
"It was fun", Pacquiao said when asked about the fight.
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