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Palace hails Pacquiao victory vs Thurman

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang on Sunday congratulated boxing champion Senator Manny Pacquiao for his victory over Keith Thurman in Las Vegas.

By a 113-114, 115-112, 115-112 split decision, Pacquiao defeated Thurman to take the WBA welterweight title.

“At the start of the year, Senator Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao made the whole country proud as he successfully defended his WBA welterweight belt over American Adrien Broner. Six months later, he doubled this feat as he defeated Keith Thurman today via split decision, even knocking him down in the 1st round,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters.

In his statement, Panelo said Pacquiao’s latest win was not only for himself but also for the entire nation.

“As such, the Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacity and courage,” he added.

The chief presidential legal counsel also thanked Pacquiao for giving the Philippines honor and glory, as well as uniting Filipinos here and abroad “with his display of athleticism, power and Filipino pride.”

“Although his opponent, Thurman, is way younger than him, our pound-for-pound King did not show any signs of intimidation as he embodied what a Filipino spirit is all about – a fighter,” Panelo concluded.

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