Senator Pacquiao back in PH following victory over Vargas

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — After making history—as the only sitting senator to win a boxing title—it seems there's no rest for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.

After winning his title bout against Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas, he's come home to return to his duties at the Senate. Pacquiao arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport early Tuesday morning alongside his coaching staff and friends.

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President Rodrigo Duterte's allies such as House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa were also there.

The people's champ proudly hoisted his WBO welterweight title belt in front of the media and airport staff.


He also thanked his fans and President Rodrigo Duterte for their unwavering support and prayers.

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Pacquiao said he didn't expect the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas would get a full house during for his boxing match. 

"Salamat sa dasal at suporta. Ito, nakabalik kaagad galing sa fight dahil may trabaho sa office," Pacquiao said.

[Translation: Thank you for the prayers and support. I returned as soon as possible from the fight because I have work to do in the office.]

On whether a rematch with undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather is possible, Pacquiao said it's possible if Mayweather comes out of retirement.


"Hindi pa pinagusapan. Pero posible ba? Posible pa rin, kung magbalik siya, nag-retire na siya eh."

[Translation: It hasn't been discussed. But is it possible? It's possible if he returns from retirement.]

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Mayweather was watching Pacquiao's fight at ringside. The Senator also thanked Mayweather for responding to his invitation.

Pacquiao will attend Tuesday's session at the Senate and says he will set aside his boxing duties first.

He will instead actively participate in budget hearings and work on his priority bills focused on sports.