The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday, November 23, congratulated Congressman Manny Pacquiao of Sarangani for winning the boxing match against Chris Algieri in Macau.
“It was a great fight for Manny Pacquiao. Clears all doubt that he is still the greatest. Looking back, Chris Algieri’s [loss] was spelled as early as the second round. He didn’t stand the chance to win with the way he was fighting,” said AFP chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang.
“But what gives more excitement and acknowledgement is how Algieri who was no match for Pacquiao’s fighting skills goes down using the backward roll when he hits the canvass,” he added.
Pacquiao won via a unanimous decision against the American Algieri after 12 rounds.
Catapang was able to watch the fight after visiting the wake of Second Lieutenant Jun Corpuz who was killed in an ambush by the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan early this month.
The military held free live screenings of the fight in various camps nationwide.
“The entire Philippine Army is extremely proud and happy of Manny Pacquiao’s victory. Being one of our own, as an Army reservist, his victory is an added victory for the Army. We salute him!” said Army chief Lieutenant General Hernando Iriberri.
Pacquiao is an Army reservist with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.