Speaking to Manila-based reporters, Pacquiao admits to being hurt by the stunning defeat to Jeff Horn but he simply could not help but wonder why he seemed destined to fail in his bid to retain the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.
"My name wasn't normally mentioned in those programs, but now hopefully I'm a bit more recognised and I've established myself in the boxing community a bit more".
Some of them wept with the boxing superstar, including Pacquiao's family and close friends, following the bitter loss to the younger, less experienced Australian boxer.
Pacquiao's trainer Freddy Roach called for an investigation into the scoring of the fight.
While Pacquiao looked lonely and sounded bitter at times, he swore that he has learned to accept the decision and is looking into the future even if he isn't sure what's down the road.
"Kangaroo court", said a member of Pacquiao's inner circle, lawyer Franklin Gacal.
"There's a rematch clause, and Pacquiao says he will execute it".
The jaded writer from Sports Illustrated thought Horn won only three rounds.
Both fighters began to tire in the final stages of a contest fought at a relentless pace, but Horn's early lead proved too much to peg back as he claimed the biggest win of his career. On Sunday though, a star was born in the middle of the ring.
Meanwhile, trainer Freddie Roach said he and Pacquiao will soon discuss whether to continue fighting or call it quits. It has to be effective aggression and Jeff Horn failed to do that in my eyes. However, it was not clear if he was indeed referring to Pacquiao. "Those scores, that card?" he said, "It should be the other way".
"In that ninth round, I was like "I don't know if I can handle any more of these rounds" but then he came back and he was just like a different person, it was just incredible", she said.
"But if a rematch happens, there needs to be an experienced referee like Kenny Bayless, Tony Weeks, Jack Reiss, Vic Drakulich - there's plenty of referees that have the experience and good enough to handle a fight like that".
Just like his post-match commentary, Atlas was frank as he spoke to the newly minted welterweight champ, telling Horn face-to-face: "I thought you lost".