By Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang has lauded Senator Manny Pacquiao for displaying a vintage performance to defeat his boxing opponent in the United States, saying he has brought anew honor and glory to the nation.
“The Palace is one with the entire Filipino people in celebrating Senator Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao’s successful WBA welterweight title defense over American Adrien Broner,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
“While 11 years older than his opponent, the 40-year-old ‘Pambansang Kamao’ displayed his vintage form just like in his heyday and dominated Broner, who went back-pedalling, in full twelve rounds of battle,” he added.
Panelo also credited Pacquiao for promoting unity among Filipinos following his latest bout.
“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!” he said.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles also congratulated Pacquiao who still packs a punch at 40, saying he was an example of the resilience and fighting spirit of Filipinos.
“Once again, you have proven that age is just a number and no goal is insurmountable if there is hard work, persistence and determination,” Nograles said.
“Thank you for continuing to bring pride to the country and for always being an example of the Filipino’s resilience and fighting spirit!” he added.
Pacquiao scored a victory against Broner by unanimous decision, using his speed and aggression to beat the reticent opponent in Las Vegas. The Filipino boxing champ later claimed he was willing to fight Floyd Mayweather who watched the bout at the MGM Grand.