MANILA – Filipino boxing icon Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao will draw commendations with the Senate approving six resolutions that recognize his achievements in the sports of boxing.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile led the six senators who filed respective resolutions commending Pacquiao for winning his eighth world title in eight weight different divisions after trouncing taller, bigger and heavier Antonio Margarito of Mexico last Sunday in Arlington, Texas.
“The Philippine Senate has acknowledged and paid tribute to Filipino athletes who have demonstrated exceptional excellence in international sporting events thereby bringing honor and glory to the entire Filipino nation and to all fellow Filipinos worldwide,” Enrile stated in his Resolution No. 276.
Other senators who commended Pacquiao through Senate resolution include Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan, Ramon ‘Bong’Â Revilla Jr., Loren Legarda and Manny Villar.
The lawmakers like Pacquiao who is also congressman of the lone district of Saranggani province are one saying that the Filipino boxing icon is ‘undoubtedly’ one of the greatest boxers of all time in the class of Muhammad Ali.
“Pacquiao has gained the admiration and respect of many boxing fans all over the world and even world leaders for his discipline, sportsmanship and humility in defeat or victory,” Zubiri said in his Resolution No. 272.
“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, for his part, said in SR No. 280.
Revilla said in his resolution No. 271 that Pacquiao has the unique capacity of uniting the Filipino everywhere specially every time he enters the ring.
“Pacquiao brings great pride and inspires all Filipinos to excel in their undertakings to achieve success and world recognition even during challenging times,” Villar said in Resolution No. 279.
Legarda, in her own resolution 274, acknowledged Pacquiao’s hard work, discipline, determination and proper motivation as the lethal weapons he used in dominating Margarito throughout the their 12-round encounter watched by millions around the world.
In approving the six resolutions, Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III moved the consolidation of all the commendations and determine the real numbers of world titles that Pacquiao won in eight weight divisions.
“I’ve heard from the radio and television reports that Pacquiao has actually won not only eight but 10 world titles in eight weight divisions. So, we have to reconcile that,” Sotto said.
Pacquiao won the vacant WBC super welterweight in beating Margarito. His other previous world titles include WBC flyweight; IBF super bantamweight; Ring Magazine Featherweight; WBC, Ring Magazine super featherweight; WBC lightweight; IBO, Ring Magazine light welterweight; and, WBO welterweight. (PNA)