Past is Past, says Pacquiao

LOS ANGELES - For Manny Pacquiao, last Saturday's shock loss to Tim Bradley in Las Vegas is a thing of the past.

As fight fans from around the world continue to express their disgust and sadness over the 12-round split decision that took Pacquiao's crown away and put a snap to the Filipino's 15-fight winning streak spanning seven years, the fighter refused to be swayed by the emotions.

"Kalimutan na lang at tanggapin ang desisyon," Pacquiao told Filipino scribes who checked him out on Monday night at his apartment unit at The Palazzo.

"Let us all be humble," said Pacquiao, who arrived here from Las Vegas early Monday after holding a bible study at the Riviera Hotel on the famed Las Vegas Strip.

Pacquiao is drawing strength and inspiration from his religious transformation and the 33-year-old puncher has been sounding as though nothing had happened to him that infamous Saturday night in Sin City.

But all is not lost for his fans and followers as Pacquiao has his sights trained on a return meeting with his 28-year-old tormentor on Nov. 10 most likely in the very same ring that produced one of the most despicable decisions in the history of the sport.

Getting that fight done won't be a problem because Top Rank big boss Bob Arum has the right to stage it owing to a provision in the contract that Bradley had signed.

Besides, Bradley is amenable to facing Pacquiao in a rematch to prove that the judges' decision was not a fluke.

Pacquiao is also looking forward to that night when he gets the chance to settle a score, something he hasn't been in a position since the heyday of his rivalry with Mexico's Erik Morales seven years ago.

Pacquiao wasn't as stunned as he would be when the official announcement was made and it was all because of his strong faith, the boxing legend stressed.

"I gave it all but...," said Pacquiao, whose fight with Bradley was his 22nd on US soil.

Since debuting in grand fashion in the US in 2001, Pacquiao has logged 18 wins, two defeats and two draws.

This November, Pacquiao is intent on easing back to his winning ways.


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