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MANILA, Philippines -- Malacanang on Sunday said Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao remains a boxing champ for Filipinos despite a controversial loss via split decision to Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas.
“Despite Manny Pacquiao’s failure to defend his WBO Welterweight belt against Timothy Bradley, the support of Filipinos to our Pambansang Kamao remains as strong and unwavering as ever,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
“Manny has again displayed the will and strength of Filipinos to the whole world: that whatever suffering, pain, and hardships we endure, we do not think twice to continue fighting for the glory of our country,” she added.
Valte also appealed to Filipinos to offer a collective prayer for the immediate return of Pacquiao’s stamina and strength.
“In your next battles, you (Pacquiao) can be assured that we are all behind you,” she said.
“We Filipinos have time and again proven that failures are just opportunities to stand up again with our heads held high,” the Palace official added.
Two judges scored the fight 115-113 for Bradley, while the other judge had Pacquiao winning, 115-113.
Pacquiao said he was not hurt in the fight, but appealed to the public to just accept the controversial decision.
“Most of his punches hit my arms, I don’t know what happened…But the decision is already done, give credit to him,” Pacquiao said.