Fellow senators laud Pacquiao even in defeat


Posted at Jul 02 2017 02:46 PM | Updated as of Jul 02 2017 03:45 PM

Jeff Horn of Australia punches Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines. AAP/Dave Hunt/via Reuters

MANILA - (UPDATED) Several lawmakers on Sunday heaped praises on Senator Manny Pacquiao despite his upset loss to Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia.

Senator Sonny Angara said Filipinos remain proud of Pacquiao even after Horn snatched off his World Boxing Organization welterweight title.

"Taas-noo lang Sen. Manny. You fought a good fight. Win or lose, Filipinos will always be proud of your of what you have done for the sport, and for the whole country," Angara said in a statement.

"In victory and in defeat, we have celebrated and cried with you. We are proud of you Sen. Pacquiao!"

Senator Nancy Binay echoed this sentiment, adding that Pacquiao displayed dexterity against a younger opponent, as well as grace in defeat.

"Ipinakita ni Manny na kaya pa niyang makipagsabayan sa mga mas batang kalaban kung kaya't patuloy pa rin tayong naniniwala sa kanyang kakayahan," Binay said.

"Manny showed us that we remain graceful in defeat, never losing hope, and striving to get back up on our feet against adversity."

Senator Cynthia Villar, meanwhile, said Pacquiao's "feat as the greatest boxer of our time" will be hard to replicate.

"In the heart of many Filipinos, Pacquiao is a true champion who has given so much honor and pride to Filipinos around the world," Villar added.

Senator Joel Villanueva also congratulated Pacquiao, whom he dubbed as "one of the greatest fighters."

"We are still and will always be proud of you for bringing so much pride and honor to all Filipinos around the world. You have exemplified strength and courage throughout the battle, truly one of the greatest fighters of this generation," he said.

Senator Richard Gordon, for his part, went on to imply that Pacquiao was the true winner of the match.

"They stole the fight. That's boxing ! We know who won. Look at the bigger guy he knows he does nir (sic) deserve it. But we fight another day," Gordon wrote on Twitter.

"The whole world is unanimous. Our man won. We are confident he did," he added in a separate tweet.

Horn pressured Pacquiao for 12 grueling rounds, eventually outpointing the Filipino boxing icon, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113. The match delivered the first world championship of his young professional career.