House commends Pacquiao's victory

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Monday, April 14, 2014

MANILA -- House members hailed on Monday the latest triumph of Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao after the only eight-division world boxing champion got his revenge against American rival Timothy Bradley Jr. during their welterweight title rematch last Sunday in Las Vegas.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said that Pacquiao has once again showed that discipline and determination make no battle insurmountable.

“At 35, his victory over a much younger Bradley at 30, who was said to have been even better trained now than in their previous fight has shown the world that he continues to be the pound-for-pound king of boxing,” Belmonte said.

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House committee on ways and means chairman Miro Quimbo said that Pacquiao’s victory proved he is indeed a national treasure.

“As we watched every punch he absorbed, we could feel the pain and his sacrifices for the country. His ability to inspire is truly unparalleled. He is truly a national treasure,” said the Marikina lawmaker.

House deputy majority leader Magtanggol Gunigundo said that their colleague won because he came fully prepared for the bout.

“Job well done Manny. He won because he had good, intensive preparation,” the Valenzuela City representative said.

Parañaque City Representative Gus Tambunting added Pacquiao’s courage and perseverance largely contributed to his victory.

“You have shown the world that the Filipino is always up to the challenge and has a ‘never say die’ attitude,” Tambunting said.

Abakada partylist Representative Jonathan dela Cruz said that Pacquiao had all the necessary assets, such as focus and determination that steered him to victory against Bradley, while ACT-CIS partylist Representative Samuel Pagdilao Jr. praised the boxer for having the traits of a real champion.

“He showed us that one could rise from defeat to victory through hard work and faith in God. He has the heart of a true champion. I wish him very well and support his future,” said Pagdilao.

Butil partylist Representative Agapito Guanlao said the victory was inspiring, as it taught the lessons of hope and perseverance in the midst of any hardship or obstacle. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)

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