Press Release
July 23, 2019

Senate commends Pacquiao; Boxing legend calls legislators to support talented boxers

The Senate adopted today a resolution congratulating and commenting boxing legend Senator Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao for winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) World Welterweight Title fight against world champion Keith Thurman in Las Vegas, Nevada last July 21.

Adopted was Senate Resolution No. 20, taking into consideration Senate Resolutions No. 21, 22, 25 and 26 introduced by Senators Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Ramon Bong Revilla, Jr., Juan Miguel Zubiri, Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay and Richard Gordon respectively.

In his resolution, Go said Pacquiao has brought "immense pride and joy to Filipinos the world over with his accomplishments as a boxer." He said Pacquiao had managed to accomplished what no other boxer in history has accomplished, capturing 12 world-titles in eight separate weight divisions.

"Senator Manny Pacquiao has, time and again, fought for the pride and welfare of Filipinos in and out of the boxing ring, all the while displaying true grit and bravery, repeatedly taking on the toughest challenges," Go said.

"Outside the area of boxing, Senator Pacquiao has excellently fulfilled his constitutional duties as a Senator of the Republic, faithfully performing his functions as an outstanding public servant," he added.

For his part, Pacquiao thanked his colleagues for the commendation they bestowed on him. He said he could still put up a good fight and entertain his fans by defeating Thurman, who was 10 years his junior.

"The abilities and skills I have are given by God. I believe that ability, skill and responsibility has a purpose and that purpose is to inspire the Filipino people to rise above their limitations and overcome their circumstances," Pacquiao said.

"There are many who say that there won't be another Manny Pacquiao. But I believe that we have many boxers who are just waiting for an opportunity, waiting for our help. It is high time for us to invest on our boxing talents who are loaded with potentials. The so-called diamond in the rough can just be around the corner," he added.

Pacquiao called on his colleagues to support the passage of the creation of the Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission. With the creation of the commission, he said the Philippines could be known as the boxing and combat sports capital of Asia.

"I am ready to work with all of you in overcoming the challenges in the 18th Congress. Together as champions of the Filipino people, we shall emerge victorious and continue our fight for the country," Pacquiao said.

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