By Hannah Torregoza
A resolution commending Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao for successfully defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight championship title has been filed at the Senate.
Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, author of Senate Resolution No. 997, seeks to commend Pacquiao for winning against American boxer Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, Nevada over the weekend.
In the resolution, Angara said the 40-year-old boxing legend exhibited “discipline, determination and experience” to win 10 out of 12 rounds despite being 11 years older than Broner.
With Pacquiao’s recent performance, he said the Filipino sports icon proved to boxing fans and critics that the “Manny Pacquiao journey will still continue.”
“This recent win by the 40-year-old Filipino fighting senator is not only another layer in his future hall of fame legacy,” Angara said.
“It also serves as an inspiration to all Filipinos that—with enough determination and perseverance—all of us can be world class talents,” he added.
Pacquiao outclassed the 29-year-old Broner with a unanimous decision victory. Judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 117-111, while Judges Tim Cheatham and Glen Feldman both had 116-112 in favor of the senator, who now has a record of 61 wins with 39 knockouts.
Angara said his colleague’s victory once again proved that he is indeed one of the greatest boxers of all time.
“Thank you for bringing never-ending joy and pride to your kababayans all over the world. Once again, you have proven that you are indeed one of the greatest boxers of all time,” Angara said in his statement following Pacquiao’s fight.
Pacquiao chairs the Senate committee on sports, while Angara is the vice chairman.