MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) World flyweight champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria paid a courtesy call to Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim at the Manila City Hall Tuesday.
Viloria, who was accompanied by his wife Erika, was warmly received by Lim and the City Hall employees.
Lim hailed Viloria for his 10th-round technical knockout victory over Mexican foe Hernan “Tyson” Marquez, which allowed him to unify the WBA and WBO flyweight championships.
“Congratulations to our champion, we wish you all the best and good luck to all your endeavors,” Lim told Viloria.
Lim also thanked “The Hawaiian Punch” for making the City of Manila his first stopover every time he wins a boxing match.
“Ang advice ko para sa lahat ng naririto, kailangan talaga ng dedikasyon para maabot niyo ang inyong mga pangarap, just like Brian who is the best among the best,” Lim said.
“Brian serves as an example to all of us. So whatever you do, you have to strive for excellence, tulad ni Brian. Marami siyang pinagdaanan na hirap. Kahit siya’y natatalo kung minsan, tuloy-tuloy pa rin siya sa kanyang ginagawa at hindi sumusuko,” he added.
Viloria said he keeps coming back to Manila because he “was raised like a son here.”
“Like I son, I have to do my best so that my parents would be proud of me. Manila is like an extended family and Manilans are warm people. That’s why I’m always looking forward to coming back here,” he said.
Lim joined Viloria and his entourage in a motorcade from the Manila City Hall through Taft Avenue, Chinatown in Binondo, the University Belt and back to City Hall.
“I want to thanke everyone and thank you all for welcoming me here. Thank you for your support,” Viloria said. -- With a report from DZMM