MANILA -- (UPDATED) Several lawmakers on Sunday heaped praises on Senator Manny Pacquiao as he climbed back on top of the World Boxing Association welterweight division.
In the run-up to the fight, 39-year-old Pacquiao was trailed by whispers that he was past his prime and doubts that he would be able to best the big-punching Lucas Matthysse, who is four years his junior.
The Filipino icon, however, sealed victory in the seventh round by technical knockout.
Pacquiao "has no equal" in his ability to "unite Filipinos and take our breath away" with his boxing prowess, said Senator Nancy Binay on Twitter.
Senator Joel Villanueva echoed the sentiment, saying Pacquiao "brought so much honor and glory to God and the country."
Senators JV Ejercito, Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Richard Gordon, Sherwin Gatchalian and Antonio Trillanes IV also congratulated Pacquiao.
Pacquiao's win, his first stoppage victory since 2009, improves the 8-division world champion's record to 60-7-2. -- With a report from Agence France-Presse