Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao brings victory again to the Philippines after knocking down Mexican Erik Morales on the 10th of the 12-round Superfeatherweight bout in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, January 22, 2006!
Mabuhay si Manny "the Pacman" Pacquiao! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the national jubilation of the Filipino people over the sensational knockout victory of Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao over three-time Mexican champion Erik "El Terible" Morales in their super-featherweight rematch at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Speaking via cellular phone, the President congratulated Pacquiao on his sensational win minutes after the Filipino boxing legend demolished the Mexican favorite.
Pacquiao had just conquered Morales in the 10th of their scheduled 12 round match and was being interviewed by a reporter when First Gentleman, Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo handed Pacquiao his cellular phone, saying the President wanted to personally congratulate him on his victory.
"It’s the President," the First Gentleman informed Pacquiao.
"When Pacquiao took the phone from Atty. Arroyo, a jubilant President excitedly expressed her congratulations to the champ whose triumph she said, "exemplifies the indomitable fighting spirit of the Filipino."Pacquiao thanked the President for "your prayers and the prayers of all Filipinos" for his victory.
The President said Pacquiao served as an example that Filipinos can compete at the international level.
"May this serve as an inspiration and constant remainder to all our countrymen that the Filipino can be the best in any endeavor when he puts his heart to it," she said.
"I join Filipinos from every corner of the Philippines and the world over in congratulating Manny Pacquiao on his very convincing victory," the President said.
A sports patron and an avid supporter of the Filipino boxing hero, Atty. Arroyo described the rematch as the "greatest fight I have ever seen."