Palace: Manny remains our champion, inspiration

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Posted at May 03 2015 01:29 PM | Updated as of May 03 2015 11:49 PM

Palace: Manny remains our champion, inspiration 1
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (R) takes Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. into the corner in the fourth round during their welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2, 2015. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters

MANILA - Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao may have lost in the ring, but he still managed to win the hearts of many for showing sportsmanship and staying humble.

In a radio interview, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the country remains proud of its boxing champion because of the inspiration he has brought to everyone.

“Taas-noo pa rin ang bansang Pilipinas sa kahanga-hangang paglaban ng ating pambansang kamao, Congressman Manny Pacquiao, na isa sa pinakamahusay na boksingero sa buong daigdig,” Coloma said.

Vice President Jejomar Binay said in a separate statement: “Sa araw na ito, ipinakita ni Manny na tayong mga Pilipino ay handang humarap at bumangon sa anumang pagsubok. Mabuhay ka Manny. Lagi kang ipagmamalaki ng bawat Pilipino.”

He said Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches life story, which the boxing icon had bannered before his bout with American Floyd Mayweather Jr., lifted the spirits of all Filipinos who are struggling against adversity.

“His humility and faith is an inspiration to all of us,” Binay said.

Coloma said Pacquiao represents Filipinos who are fighting in the world stage and bannering the name of Filipinos.

He added that Malacanang can only now hope that Pacquiao will be able to focus on his family, as he wished for Pacquiao’s physical recovery in order that he may face head on whatever plans he has in the future.

Netizens also believe Pacquiao remains the winner with Filipinos and foreigners alike noting Pacquiao won the hearts of many.