MANILA (Mabuhay) – A resolution commending the recent victory of Filipino boxing pride Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao against American boxer Chris Algieri was filed in the Senate Tuesday.
In Senate Resolution 1028, Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said Pacquiao further solidified his position as one of boxing’s greatest fighters ever with his outstanding fight, dominating it from start to finish, against Algieri in Macau last Sunday.
“Pacquiao, who stands only 5 feet and 6 ½ inches proved that with strong faith, tireless hard work, continued discipline, insistent determination, and proper motivation, it is not impossible to dominate and defeat a taller, younger and heavier opponent,” Angara said.
He said the 35-year old pound-for-pound king remains to be the World Boxing Organization (WBO) International Welterweight Champion after knocking down six times and defeating Algieri with a clear unanimous 12-round decision, improving his boxing record to 57 wins, 38 knockouts, 5 losses and 2 draws.
“Pacquiao’s extraordinary accomplishments became, in the process, an inspiration to the ordinary Filipino people, demonstrating the possibility to overcome tremendous odds and lead life in a positive and productive direction,” the senator said.
Angara, who chairs the committee on games, amusement and sports, noted that continually expressing the sense of the Senate for each of Pacquiao’s conquest is never an insignificant exercise.
“The Pambansang Kamao has brought much inspiration, pride, and honor to the whole Filipino nation despite his humble beginnings and is indeed a testament to the Filipino and the world the unrelenting spirit of every Filipino to face with ardor and dignity all challenges that come to their lives,” he said.
He said Pacquiao has long transcended boxing, and is one of the most recognizable sports icons throughout the world.
“He deserves to be once again commended for being an icon of sportsmanship, fortitude, perseverance and remarkable humility despite his unprecedented achievements of being an eight-division world boxing champion,” Angara said.
“In victory as well as in defeat, the Filipino people have celebrated and cried with Pacquiao. In this recent victory, national pride as a Filipino, a key ingredient in nation building, is strengthened,” he added. (MNS)