Despite his defeat against WBA Welterweight Champion Yordenis Ugas on Sunday, Senator Emannuel “Manny” Pacquiao earned praises from his colleagues in the Senate.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Pacquiao “is still my champion” saying he made all Filipinos proud.
“Ang mandirigma ay mandirigma. Manalo o matalo (fighters are fighters. Whether he wins or loses),” Sotto said.
“Sen. Manny 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,” Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri also said.
“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 a an amateur boxer. I am so proud of him, as his kumpadre, as a colleague, as a Filipino,” added Zubiri.
Senator Richard Gordon also commended Pacquiao for fighting a 25-month lay-off and against “a taller, hungrier Ugas.”
“Manny 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.
Meanwhile, Sen. Sonny Angara said Pacquiao has “nothing to be ashamed off for he gave it his all” while Ugas fought a smart fight.
“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 stressed.
Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go also commended Pacquiao for putting up a “gallant fight” against Ugas.
Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson also said Pacquiao “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,” Lacson stressed.
“That, plus his big heart for the poor and the downtrodden. On both counts, he is the champion we always love and admire,” he pointed out.