Pacquiao’s win is a victory of Philippines — Palace
MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao’s victory is a victory of all, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Sunday.
Panelo extended the congratulations of the Palace after the victory of the boxer-senator over opponent Keith Thurman was announced at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
“Pacquiao’s victory is not only his, but of the entire nation. As such, the Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacity and courage,” Panelo said in a statement.
Panelo also said that despite the age gap between Pacquiao and Thurman, the Filipino boxing champ showed no signs of being intimidated by his younger opponent during the fight.
“Although his opponent, Thurman, is way younger than him, our pound-for-pound King did not show any signs of intimidation as he embodied what a FIlipino spirit is all about – a fighter,” he said.
“We thank Senator Manny for not only bringing honor and glory to our flag, but for once again uniting all Filipinos worldwide with his display of athleticism, power and Filipino pride. Mabuhay ka, Manny! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!” he added.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles also thanked the People’s Champ for bringing pride to the country once more while proving that life should be a balance of work and faith.
“You have proven time and again that hard work and faith are the one-two punch to winning in life, inside and outside the boxing ring,” he said.
Nograles then wished Pacquiao to continue inspiring the public with his achievements and serve as a role model to his countrymen.
Pacquiao won the fight against Thurman via a split decision.
Two judges scored the fight 115-112 for Pacquiao, while Glenn Feldman scored it 114-113 in favor of Thurman. /je
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