'Truly the People's Champ': Duterte congratulates Pacquiao

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Posted at Jul 15 2018 01:52 PM | Updated as of Jul 15 2018 02:18 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated Senator Manny Pacquiao on Sunday for capturing the World Boxing Association welterweight world title, defeating Argentine boxer Lucas Matthysse through a seventh-round knockout in Malaysia.

In a statement, Duterte also thanked Pacquiao for giving the Filipino people pride and bringing the nation together. 

"You have proven time and again that you are not just a public servant, but one of the greatest boxers of all time. This win will surely cement, yet again, your position and legacy in boxing's Hall of Fame," the President said. 

"Daghang salamat, Manny! You are truly the People's Champ!" he added. 

Duterte, along with his son Sebastian "Baste" Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go, was in the Axiata Arena in Malaysia to show support for Pacquiao. 

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also watched the bout. He arrived at the venue during the sixth round, Malacañang staff confirmed. 

Also at the world-title clash were Solicitor General Jose Calida, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano.