Sunday, March 14, 2010

Filipinos rejoice Manny Pacquiao's victory over Joshua Clottey

Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr, right, and soldiers and relatives and family members watch inside the hospital of the military's Eastern Mindanao Command headquarters in Davao City in Mindanao on Sunday, March 14, 2010 the telecast fight of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who won over Joshua Clottey, of Ghana. Pacquiao retains his World Boxing Organization Welterweight title at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Mar. 14, 2010) – Filipinos rejoiced Sunday the victory of Manny Pacquiao after he defeated Joshua Clottey and retaining his World Boxing Organization Welterweight title at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

As usual, roadside eateries and restaurants and cinemas were filled with Pacquiao’s fans in Davao City for the 12-round bout against Ghana’s Clottey. “He is the best, perhaps the greatest boxer ever, Manny is truly our hero. He brings pride to the Philippines,” said Peter Cataquis, who watched the fight at a local cinema with his friends.

Pacquiao dominated almost all rounds against the burly Clottey, who was able to score more on the 3rd round with hooks and jabs landing on the Filipino boxer’s face. But every time Pacquiao’s unleashed his barrage of punches, his fans back home cheered wildly.

Even soldiers in Davao city enjoyed the telecast fight. “Manny is the man and Clottey is gone. We have the best boxer and Manny will always be the greatest, the Filipino boxing legend,” an army private said.

Soldiers filled living quarters in the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City and watched Pacquiao defeat Clottey.

Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr, who was accused of rebellion in connection with the killings of 57 people in his province last year, also watched the fight on a huge white screen inside the base’s hospital where he is under medical care.

Ampatuan, surrounded by relatives and family members who visited him, was with other soldiers and patients in the hospital. A staunch supporter of Pacquiao, Ampatuan watched silently and occasionally would smile.

“The old man is doing well and his health is okay. He just needs to maintain his diet and avoid cigarettes,” one hospital staff said. (Mindanao Examiner)

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