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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, January 21, 2019
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Manny mystique alive


Manny Pacquiao, at 40, continues to fascinate the boxing world as he systematically demolished American Adrien Broner to earn a unanimous decision and keep his WBA welterweight belt during their 12-round fight yesterday at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas.

There was no knockdown, but Pacquiao still showed the moves and punches that were too much to handle for the 29-year-old Broner.

“Life begins at 40. This is what Sen. Manny Pacquiao has just proven in Las Vegas. He did not only beat Broner, he also beat Father Time”, said Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who once again, was the flagbearer for the Team Pacquiao.

“It was amazing to watch a 40-year-old boxer still with so much speed and power. While other boxers see their careers decline upon reaching the 30s, Manny is even still peaking up,” Leonardia added.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon attributes Pacquiao’s latest victory to his long years of championship experience and hardwork that allow him to overcome any challenge inside the ring.

“Our boxing hero’s latest triumph will certainly inspire many young athletes who dream big,” the governor said.

Pacquiao, who last fought in Las Vegas in 2016, remained a crowd favorite as the MGM Arena was “full to the brim”, Leonardia said.

“The Manny Pacquiao mystique goes on. The huge crowd still adore him. The millions of Filipinos still get glued to the live TV coverage. And it looks like it will still be a long, long time that he’ll draw the fascination and adoration of the Filipinos,” Leonardia said.

The Bacolod city government, that facilitated free live telecasts of the Pacquiao-Broner fight in eight venues in the city, reported a crowd estimate of 20,000. Among those who watched at the BAYS Center was Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran.

“It was a lopsided win. Except in the fourth round, when Broner managed to land a punch, Manny dominated the fight,” Familiaran noted.

Like the rest of the nation, the police force in Western Visayas, was proud of the Filipino Pacman.

“The Western Visayas Police joins the nation in celebrating Manny Pacquiao’s victory against Adrien Broner. Sen. Pacquiao is truly an inspiration and glory to the Filipino nation,” Police Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said in a statement.

“Let us continue to be united and supportive of our Filipino athletes who are modern day heroes by bringing honor and glory to our dear country,” Bulalacao added as he also praised the boxing icon “for not only being a champion boxer but also for being a true gentleman and sportsman.”

“The Palace is one with the entire Filipino people in celebrating Senator Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao’s successful WBA welterweight title defense,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

He also thanked Pacquiao for representing the country and making Filipinos proud once again.

“We thank our pound-for-pound king not only for bringing honor and glory to our flag, but for once again uniting all Filipinos worldwide with his display of athleticism, power and Filipino pride,” Panelo added.

For his part, Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde said Pacquiao’s “determination both inside and outside of the ring should inspire every Filipino to aim higher, not only for one’s interest but also for the interest of others and of the entire nation.”

AFP chief-of-staff, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal said Pacquiao showed the heart of a true champion in beating his much younger challenger.


During the post-fight interview, Pacquiao said that his boxing career is far from over. He also challenged the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr., who watched the fight from the ringside, to a rematch.

Some boxing analysts, however, expressed doubt that Pacquiao would secure a rematch with Floyd Mayweather as he failed to knock Broner down.

“He won clearly, but I’m not sure Floyd Mayweather lost any sleep after that, or is itching to jump into the gym for another fight,” Ring Magazine reporter Ryan Songalia said.*


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