Even after watching Senator Manny Pacquiao score his 60th win through a clinical knockout of Lucas Matthysse on Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he wants to see his "friend" hang the gloves.
"It was a long time ago since I've done that".
This shake up shocked the boxing world because nobody could have imagined Pacquiao would leave Freddie Roach or Bob Arum at such a late stage in his career.
Matthysse, who won 36 out of 39 matches by knockout, hailed Pacquiao as a "great fighter, a great legend" and said he will take a break after his loss.
Matthysse is no youngster himself, but he is motivated at the age of 35 to prove to the world he still has the capability to deliver exciting fights.
During the fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2015, Pacquiao's camp claimed that the lawmaker tore his rotator cuff, which prevented him from throwing jabs against the undefeated boxer. "I lost to a great legend".
Duterte said: "I would like to congratulate Senator Manny Pacquiao for giving us pride and bringing the Filipino nation together once more". "Thank you, Pacquiao", he said. The interim World Boxing Association featherweight belt is on the line when Mexico's Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1, 16 KOs) fights unbeaten and highly rated Filipino prospect Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16 KOs).
Dtuerte then hopes that Pacquiao, one of his closes allies in the Senate, will continue to serve as an inspiration to the Filipino people. Pacquiao's rise to fame from an impoverished rural boy to one of the world's wealthiest sportsmen over his 23-year career has made him a national hero. After a barrage of punches a storming straight right dropped Lu and the referee waved it off.