MANILA, Philippijes (UPDATED) – Many local celebrities were in shock following the surprising loss of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacuquaio’s against Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez during their fourth bout at the MGM Grand Hotel in LA Vegas, Nevada on Sunday.
All of them expressed disbelief when Pacquaio was knocked out at the end of sixth round, unable to move.
Singer Gary Valenciano said he still considers Pacquiao a real-life hero despite the impact of his loss.
“You've always known how to win, and now you show that you know how to lose as well. Yes, Marquez won, but there will be other bigger challenges you will overcome outside the ring, and it will prove that you aren't just a boxing champ but a real winner for the God who still has so much more victories for you in all aspects of your life,” he said on Twitter.
For Model-actress Georgina Wilson, what’s important is Pacquaio still had a good fight.
“It was such a good fight and Manny was fighting so well. I'm so shocked, my stomach is churning, I feel nauseous. Poor Manny,” she said.
TV host Ceska Litton said: “Manny Pacquiao is the epitome of the Filipino spirit. You get knocked down, you get up with a smile and move on. #PinoyPride”
Both actress Mariel Rodriguez and Ruffa Gutierrez said they still cannot believe what just happened.
For Singapore-based BBC presenter Rico Hizon, Pacquiao has "made his mark in the hearts and minds of people in and out of the boxing ring. A true champion is magnanimous, win or lose.”
ABS-CBN journalists Kim Atienza and Karen Davila also agreed that Pacquiao still made the country proud.
“Nothing happens by accident. God has plans unknown to us. We shall know in time. Mabuhay ka Manny, you are my champ forever,” said Atienza.
“Manny, you have your countrymen behind you. Mahal ka namin. Nakaukit na sa puso ang karangalang ibinigay mo sa bayan,” said Davila.
Actor-host Luis Manzano agreed. “Nothing left to prove Pacman... you are still the best!” he said.
Actor Matteo Guidicelli described the fight as heartbreaking while celebrity doctor Vicky Belo said seeing what happened to Pacquiao was scary.