by Genalyn Cabiling
Malacañang has congratulated boxing champ Manny Pacquiao on his decisive victory against Timothy Bradley, saying it was a remarkable feat to cap his legendary career.
“Manny Pacquiao has done the Filipino nation proud again by winning decisively against Timothy Bradley,” Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
Coloma said they also applaud and thank Pacquiao “for demonstrating anew that the Filipino has the courage and skill to compete in the global arena.”
In his supposed final fight of his 21-year career, Pacquiao defeated Bradley in a unanimous decision in their welterweight battle at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. All three judges scored Pacquiao winner by 116-110 in the match between the boxers.
Asked if Pacquiao’s victory was a good way to retire from boxing, Coloma said: “Every champion wants to finish with a flourish. A victory provides an exclamation mark to a glorious career.”
Pacquiao’s latest victory was 66th bout in his long boxing career. The accomplished boxer is running for senator in the May 9 elections.
Coloma said he has no information if President Aquino watched the Pacquiao-Bradley fight or if had called the boxer to personally congratulate him.
When asked if Pacquiao’s victory would boost his senatorial bid in the May elections, Coloma said it was best to wait for the results of the elections.
Source : Manila Bulletin Online
Manny Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision in what the Filipino says is the final fight of his career.
All three judges scored Pacquiao winner by 116-110 on Saturday in the match between the pair in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao, 37, knocked down American Bradley, 32, in the seventh and ninth rounds in the third welterweight meeting between the two.
"I've made a commitment to my family that I'm going to retire after this," said Pacquiao.
Pacquiao, who bounced back from a split-decision defeat by Bradley in 2012 with a decisive win two years later, looked the more menacing fighter after a cagey opening round.
Bradley landed occasionally but Pacquiao caught the American on the chin in the second round and stretched his lead further with a knockdown in the seventh.
A second knockdown followed in the ninth, despite a Bradley left-hook wobbling the Filipino a round earlier, as Pacquiao coasted home in the 66th fight of a career in which he has won world titles at six weights.
"Maybe I enjoy being a retired man, serving the people, helping the people," added Pacquiao, who said before the fight he wishes to concentrate on a political career in the Philippines.
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Philippine boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao has apologised in the face of severe criticism for saying homosexuals were "worse than animals".
Writing on his Facebook page, Mr Pacquiao said he remained against gay marriage but was "not condemning LGBT".
"God Bless you all and I'm praying for you," he added.
Mr Pacquiao's original remark, made during a TV interview, drew ire from gay Filipino celebrities and a rights group and sparked heated discussion.
Initially he appeared unrepentant, writing in a post in Instagram that he was "just telling the truth of what the Bible says" 'Common sense'
The former world champion, who positions himself as a conservative Christian politician, is running for a senate seat in May elections.
Mr Pacquiao, who is a member of the Philippines house of representatives, was speaking to local station TV5 earlier this week for its election coverage.
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, who is running for Senator in the May 2016 vice-presidential election, speaks to supporters during the start of national elections campaigning in Mandaluyong city, Metro Manila
In a clip posted online (in Tagalog), he tells the interviewer: "It's common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female?
"The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals."
Filipino comedian Vice Ganda and singer Aiza Seguerra, who are openly gay, have criticised Mr Pacquiao for his comments, calling him a "hypocrite" and a "false prophet".
Local gay rights organisation and political group Ladlad condemned his remarks and issued a call to voters to boycott Mr Pacquiao.
It said in a statement, reported in local media, that his view "betrays a shallow understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity" and that failure to understand gay rights issues would leave him in the dark ages "when the cavemen ruled and the numbskulls roamed the Earth".
Instagram post by Manny Pacquiao on 16 February 2016Image copyrightInstagram / Manny Pacquiao
On Tuesday, Mr Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight different weight divisions, had posted a picture of himself with his wife on Instagram in an apparent response to the controversy.
He said: "I rather obey the Lord's command than obeying the desires of the flesh. I'm not condemning anyone, but I'm just telling the truth of what the Bible says."
The furore has split the online world, where many Christian followers have shown support for Mr Pacquiao, while others have condemned him for his views.
Manny Pacquiao remains hugely popular in the Philippines, and has spoken frequently about his renewed Christian faith. He represents his wife's home province of Sarangani in the lower house.
Many Filipinos hold conservative views on gay rights because much of the population is Catholic, but the country has several prominent gay personalities and the capital, Manila, also has a vibrant gay scene.
Source : BBC News