Malacañang joined the Filipino nation in celebrating the victory of boxing champion and congressman Manny Pacquiao of Sarangani over Chris Algieri in Macau on Sunday, November 23.
“Strength, grit, and courage were written all over his face and demeanor throughout the fight. With every punch that scored, millions of Filipinos cheered him to victory from all corners of the country and the world,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said in a statement.
Coloma said Pacquiao “embodies and personifies the Filipinos’ outstanding qualities — audacious, tenacious and conscientious — persevering in advancing a worthy cause, and unwavering even in the face of danger and adversity”.
“He is a worthy role model and wellspring of inspiration to all Filipinos who are striving to improve their well-being and attain a prosperous future,” he added.
He said Pacquiao showed to the world that he remains to be the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer.
Pacquiao won via a unanimous decision as he took down the 30-year-old American boxer six times during the 12-round exhilarating fight.