After Pacquiao's triumph, 1-Pacman bats for Boxing Commission Act


Posted at Jul 21 2019 02:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2019 06:58 PM

Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao (right) lands a punch against Keith Thurman in the fifth round during the World Boxing Association welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. PAcquiao went on to win the title fight via a split decision. John Locher, AP

MANILA, Philippines – Rep. Mikee Romero of 1-PACMAN on Sunday called on Congress to pass the Philippine Boxing Commission Act, shortly after Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao won another world title in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman via split decision to annex the WBA welterweight title, handing the American boxer his first professional loss in the process.

"I now take this opportunity to go for victory on behalf of former, current, and most importantly, the future Filipino boxers," Romero said in a statement on Sunday.

"The best way Congress and the executive branch can now honor not just Manny Pacquiao, but all those boxers who honor him, is to enact into law and implement effectively the Philippine Boxing Commission Act," he added.

House Bill 08883 intends to keep Filipinos among the ranks of the best boxers in the world by seeing to it that the boxers continue to live in dignity when their careers are done.

In the 18th Congress, 1-PACMAN will refile the version that was already approved by the House Committees on Government Reorganization, Games & Amusement, and Appropriations of the 17th Congress.

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