Pacquiao unites heads of state

first_imgRep. Toby Tiangco marched beside Pacquiao to the ring. Last Saturday after the weigh in, Representatives Bingbong Crisologo and Lito Atienza as well as Bureau of Corrections director Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and former Governor Chavit Singson, a regular at Pacquiao fights, were also present.Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano was also in attendance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES As promised, Pacquiao puts on a show Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Unofficially, it marked the first boxing bout watched by top leaders of two countries.And it wasn’t lost on Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Their presence inspired me to give my best inside the ring,” said Pacquiao.Clambering on the ropes after referee Kenny Bayless called a stop to the domination in the seventh round, Pacquiao waved at Mr. Duterte, who was doing a slow clap from the VIP box of Axiata Arena here. Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao (C) reacts before his world welterweight boxing championship bout against Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANKUALA LUMPUR—Manny Pacquiao puts on a show, and it wasn’t just for ordinary boxing fans, but for heads of states as well.No less than President Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad were witnesses to Pacquiao charging through Argentine Lucas Matthysse on the way to whipping up a thrilling knockout finish.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The largely Filipino crowd, which hardly filled the 16,000-seat venue, then alternated in chanting “Pacquiao, Pacquiao!” and “Duterte, Duterte!.”“I told them (Mr. Duterte and Mahathir) that I was so inspired coming to the fight. Before, people who watch my fights are boxing fans, now heads of state and government officials [also do]. I think half of the audience are government officials,” joked Pacquiao.Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III accompanied Pacquiao in the post-fight press conference where he told the Filipino boxing hero to get back to work in the Senate.Pacquiao is in his first term as senator and now heads the Committee on Public Works. Sotto said he brought papers from the Senate for Pacquiao to review.Turning serious, Pacquiao said the fight is “one of a kind” because of the support he got from government officials.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View commentslast_img

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