Meanwhile, Malacanang Palace through Chief Presidential Legal Counsel
and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo issued this statement:
“At the start of the year, Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao made the whole country proud as he successfully defended his WBA welterweight belt over American Adrien Broner. Six months later, he doubled this feat as he defeated Keith Thurman today via split decision, even knocking him down in the 1st round.
“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.
“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.
“We thank Senatory 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!”
Image credits: AP/John Locher