By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) congratulated Sen. Manny Pacquiao after winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title against Argentinian fighter Lucas Matthysse via a technical knockout (TKO) in the seventh round of their title fight dubbed as “Fight of the Champions” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Sunday (Philippine time).
In a statement, PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde hopes that the fighting senator’s win would serve as an inspiration for every Filipinos to join in knocking out the country’s problems on criminality and illegal drugs.
“Ang lahat sa hanay ng inyong Pambansang Pulisya ay kasabay ng buong sambayanang Pilipino sa pagbubunyi dahilan sa pagkapanalo ng ating Pambansang Kamao, Sen. Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao (We, in the Philippine National Police, are one with the Filipino people in celebrating the success of our ‘Pambansang Kamao,’ Sen. Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao),” Albayalde said.
“Nawa ang panahong ito ay magsisilbing halimbawa at inspirasyon ng bawat Pilipino na kaya natin pabagsakin ang problema sa kriminalidad at ilegal na droga kung tayo ay magtulong-tulong at magkakaisa sa labang ito (We hope that this [win] would serve as an example and inspiration for every Filipinos that we can knockout the problems on criminality and illegal drugs if we will just help each other and unite in this fight),” he added.
“Mabuhay ang ating bansang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Pilipino! (Mabuhay Philippines! Mabuhay Filipinos!)” Albayalde concluded.
Pacquiao scored an early knockdown over Matthysse in round 3 before the latter took a knee in round 5. Matthysse finally dropped in round 7 after Pacquiao connected on a left uppercut.
Pacquiao’s TKO win was a first since 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto in the 12th round.
Pacquiao, 39, improved to a 60-7-2 win-loss-draw record with 39 KOs while Matthysse dropped to a 39-5-0 slate with 36 KOs.