With courage, determination, and discipline, Manny Pacquiao was able to successfully defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title after a unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas on Sunday, January 20, 2019 (Manila time).
Pacquiao is the only professional boxer who held eight-division world boxing championships.
Despite being 11 years older than the 29-year-old Broner, Paquiao still managed to win the match.
Many Filipinos are thankful for Pacquiao who represented the country and making Filipinos proud once more.
“We thank our pound-for-pound king 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!” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
“Senator Manny Pacquiao is getting older but we can see that because of his discipline, he can still achieve these rare victories,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles echoed Panelo, emphasizing that Pacquiao has proven that “age is just a number” and that with hard work, persistence and determination, “no goal is insurmountable.”
“Thank you for continuing to bring pride to the country and for always being an example of the Filipino’s resilience and fighting spirit!” Nograles said.
Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go said Pacquiao served as “pride and glory to the Filipino nation” and uniting Filipinos across the globe.
“This is a time when all Filipinos really unite. The world stops to join the victory of a person who continues to serve as an inspiration to all,” Go said.
Detoyato added that in Pacquiao’s latest win, the Filipino boxing icon did not only demonstrate the Filipino’s natural trait of strength and courage, but also “showed the world, how determined, disciplined and hardworking the Filipinos are; just like his comrades in the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Noel Detoyato SAID.