November 17, 2010
“Pacquiao has brought so much pride and honor to our country by breaking world records and becoming the first boxer in history to win 10 world titles in eight different weight divisions. He is in the same league as Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Mike Tyson, even Muhammad Ali. He is already one of the best boxers of all time, but to us he is the greatest Filipino athlete.”
Pangilinan, who also filed a resolution in the 14th Congress commending highest national honors on Pacquiao, says the congressman from Saranggani has transcended the sport he has excelled at and united the country at a time when it needed it the most.
“Aside from possessing incredible talent and dedication in his sport, Manny exhibited great magnanimity in his last fight in that he could have easily pummeled Antonio Margarito, but instead allowed the other fighter to finish the bout with his pride intact. He has shown compassion, heart and humility we can all emulate and that is what sets him apart.”
“Amidst all the political and economic problems the country is currently facing, Manny’s achievements and tremendous humility has inspired the whole country, lifting our spirits, and allowing us to look at ourselves in a better light.”
“Even if Manny chooses to retire now, he would still be the greatest Filipino athlete as he has nothing else to prove in his illustrious career.”
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