By Martin Sadongdong
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) congratulated Senator Manny Pacquiao after he defeated American boxer Keith Thurman via split decision in their World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight Championship match held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday (Manila time).
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines congratulates Senator Manny Pacquiao in his victory against Keith Thurman. This latest win truly manifests his legacy and shows us Filipinos the value of enduring excellence,” said Colonel Noel Detoyato, AFP public affairs office chief.
Detoyato said that Pacquiao’s dedication to his craft, hardwork, and sacrifice “continue to be an inspiration” to most Filipinos especially in the military organization.
“His strength that comes from his humility and compassion have always won our hearts and minds in his decades of fighting in the boxing arena. We join the whole Filipino nation in the outpour of support to our world champion and brother in the reserve force,” Detoyato stressed.
The 40-year-old, Filipino boxing legend entered the Philippine Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) in April 2006 and was given the rank Sergeant. He was eventually promoted to the rank of Colonel.
Just last April 1, 2019, he was designated as the brigade commander of the Army’s 2203rd Ready Reserve Infantry Brigade, covering the Soccsksargen (Region) — where his home province, Sarangani, is located — and Maguindanao province.
After his fight with Thurman, Pacquiao’s win-loss record improved to 62-7 with two draws and 39 knockouts while the previously undefeated Thurman dropped to a 29-1 slate with one no contest and 22 KOs.