July 21, 2019 – Newly crowned WBA Welterweight Champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao will skip the fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday according to his wife, Jinkee Pacquiao.
“Hindi na siya makakadalo sa SONA,” Jinkee said in a text message.
“Masakit ang mata now tska hindi pumayag ang doctor,” she added.
Jinkee said that the doctor advised Manny to rest his eyes and travel on Sunday night instead (U.S. time).
Aside from skipping the SONA, Pacquiao will also miss the opening of the 18th Congress as he is expected to arrive back in Manila on Tuesday evening (Manila time).
The world’s only eight-division champion bagged the WBA Welterweight title after winning via split decision against American boxer Keith Thurman.