Belmonte on Pacquiao defeat: “He has always been the symbol of Filipino resiliency”

CONGRATULATIONS to Juan Manuel Marquez on his victory as the new WBO World Welterweight Champion as we continue to take pride in our colleague, eight division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao for putting up a good fight.

Being a great champion also means having the grace to accept defeat with utmost humility as Manny has shown. He is still the people’s champ and just as he has always been the symbol of Filipino resiliency, I am certain he can rise above this setback and still inspire our own people, especially those in the south who are slowly picking themselves up after the very recent devastation brought on by typhoon Pablo.

Mabuhay ka Manny at mabuhay ang ating bansang binigyan mo ng sunod-sunod na karangalan sa loob ng maraming taon.

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