LAWMAKERS on Sunday lauded Sen. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s graceful posture even in defeat to Yordenis Ugas in WBA welterweight championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, stressing the senator is still the People’s Champ.
Pacquiao will remain an all-time great, national pride and hero.
Thus stressed by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, Ang Probinsyano party-list Rep. Ronnie Ong, Deputy Speaker and Bagong Henerasyon (BH) party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) party-list Rep. Jericho “Koko” Nograles, Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento, and Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate following the upset that dropped Pacquiao’s record to 62-8-2 with 39 knockouts.
“Senator Manny Pacquiao has nothing left to prove in the boxing ring.
He will forever remain the People’s Champ, our Pambansang Kamao. We’re still proud of you, Manny!” Velasco said.
Ong hailed Pacquiao for being the aggressive fighter throughout the entire fight. “It was a good fight. Despite his defeat, Senator Manny Pacquiao has shown so much class and character as a boxer. He is a true legend and I’m eternally grateful for the pride and honor that he has given to all Filipinos. Also proud for Mark Magsayo for his knockout victory.”
“Ikaw pa rin ang kampeon sa puso namin. You gave it all. You have been our inspiration for the past decades. Saludo at Mabuhay ka Sen. Manny!,” Herrera said.
Nograles said he is “still proud of our Bayaning atleta, Manny Pacquiao.
He fought till the end. Congratulations to the winner Yordenis Ugas.
He showed great sportsmanship when he shared his respect for the Champ. Ganyan ang sports. Ganyan ang boxing.”
“Congratulations to our very own Mark Magsayo for an impressive win against Julio Ceja. We are so proud for both of you,” Nograles said.
Sarmiento said,” I am still very proud for our Pambansang Kamao Senator Manny Pacquiao despite his loss to Yordenis Ugas.”
“It was a close fight and it was slugfest to the end. Sulit na sulit ang binayad ng mga boxing fans all over the world. Had he prepared longer for Ugas, I’m sure the result would have been different. Also so proud Mark Magsayo for his knockout win against Julio Ceja. We a have a new Manny Pacquiao in the making.”
Zarate said Pacquiao “deserves to be congratulated still for gallantly and his personal and country’s honor till the end despite the stunning lost to Yodernis Ugas.”
“A mandirigma, he will continue to be the country’s living legend.
When he comes back, we hope that Pacman the legislator will now focus his energy in our country’s fight to defeat this grave crisis aggravated by the (coronavirus disease-19) COVID pandemic, including his crusade to knock out corruption in the government. Padayon,
Manny,” Zarate said.
Still our champion’
Senators still cheered on Senator Pacquiao following his defeat to Ugas.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said Pacquiao remains the People’s Champ.
“He is still my champion! He made the Filipino proud! Hindi naman kasi yun ang dapat kalaban eh. Ang mandirigma ay mandirigma, manalo o matalo,” the Senate President said.
Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said Pacman has been the pride of the country for many years.
“Manny Pacquiao is and will always be the People’s Champ who has brought unprecedented honor to our country. I don’t think there will be another boxer in the world who can equal his feat. At least not in 100 years. That, plus his big heart for the poor and the downtrodden. On both counts, he is the champion we always love and admire,” Lacson said.
Senator Joel Villanueva agreed with Lacson, saying, “Anuman ang tala ng scorecards, ikaw pa rin ang aming People’s Champ. Mahal ka namin at proud pa rin kami sayo! Maraming maraming salamat lalo na sa karangalang iyong ibinigay sa ating Inang Bayan. Mabuhay! #PambansangKamao #LabanPilipinas.”
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri meanwhile stressed that Pacquiao may not have brought home this title, but he has once again proved himself a legendary fighter — the best athlete we have ever had, and the world has ever seen.
“After decades of victories in the ring, he continues to improve and to challenge himself, and to fight with the same spirit and humility he had as an amateur boxer. I am so proud of him, as his kumpadre, as a colleague, as a Filipino. Salamat, Sen. Manny!”Zubiri said.
Senator Sonny Angara, for his part, said that there is nothing to be ashamed of for Manny because he gave it his all.
“Gracious in both victory and defeat. Mabuhay ka Manny! You have been an inspiration in the last 20 or so years for all of us. Idol pa rin,” Angara said.
Mindanaoan Senators koko Pimentel and Bong Go also expressed their gratitude to Pacquiao.
“Maraming salamat sa ipinamalas mong tapang. Isa kang huwaran na patuloy na nagbibigay ng inspirasyon sa mga kabataang atleta at sa bawat Pilipino,” Go said.
“Congratulations pa rin sa atin Pambansang Kamao, our national treasure, Sen Manny Pacquiao for a gallant competitive world championship fight. Pinakita niya ang katapangan at kahusayan ng pusong Pilipino sa larangan ng sports na pwede din natin magamit sa ibang aspeto ng buhay,” Pimentel stressed.
Senator Richard Gordon meanwhile said Pacquiao fought a brave fight and he can hold his head up high anywhere.
“He has already and truly earned the eternal respect of the world. We are ever proud of him,” Gordon said.
Isko: Maraming salamat
Meanwhile Mayor Isko Moreno meanwhile thanked Senator Manny Pacquiao for a well-fought bout with Cuban boxer Yordenis Ugas.
On his Facebook post, Moreno said Pacquiao will still be the pride of the Filipino people even if he did not win the fight against Ugas.
“Maraming salamat sa iyong magiting na laban. Ipinagmamalaki ka namin bilang kapwa Pilipino,” Moreno said.
It was learned that Moreno watched the Pacquiao fight while confined at the Sta. Ana Hospital.
Hospital director Dr. Grace Padillasaid the mayor is on his way to recovery. With Itchie G. Cabayan & RYAN PONCE PACPACO & MARLON PURIFICACION