MANILA, Philippines — Despite losing to American Timothy Bradley, boxing superstar and Sarangani representative Manny Pacquiao brought fame and honor to the sport and to the nation and deserves to be honored, a party-list group said.
Filing House Resolution 2501, the Ako Bicol partylist said the fight showed Pacquiao’s “determined nature.”
“He continues to bring pride to the Filipino people,” the group said of Pacquiao, now a Saranggani congressman.
The party-list group, which has three representatives in the House of Representatives, shared the sentiments of a number of boxing spectators that Pacquiao was the real winner of the match.
“Paquiao, the Filipino people and boxing fans worldwide were hijacked of victory. The audience, media, and boxing experts all pointed to Pacquiao as the winner; even the computer-generated statistics would confirm this but Pacquiao chose to be the honorable sportsman that he is,” the group said.
“Pacquiao has proven, once again, that he serves as a role model to the Filipino people who he inspires with his perseverance, determination, and admirable work ethic,” it added.
Pacquiao has been the recepient of various accolades from the government, including the Congressional Medal of Distinction, the highest award given by the House in November 2010 following his win against Mexican Antonio Margarito in Arlington, Texas, which gave him his eighth world title.