PGMA calls Pacquiao 'an inspiration to all Filipinos'

November 15, 2009 5:39 pm 

SINGAPORE, Nov. 15 -– President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Sunday called Manny Pacquiao “an inspiration to the entire Filipino nation” after Philippine boxing icon Pacquiao wrested the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title from Puerto Rican champion Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Once again, Filipino grit and determination triumph over odds. May this serve an inspiration to the entire Filipino nation, especially the youth, that there is no limit to our capacity for success for as long as we work hard, put our hearts and focus our minds to achieve our goals,” President Arroyo said in her statement.

The President said Manny trained long and hard, imposed stringent self-discipline, persevered, and, above all, has always placed himself in the hands of God.

She expressed hope that “we all learn from his example so that, together, we can also move forward as a nation.”

Pacquiao claimed history when he won by technical knock out (TKO) over Cotto in the 12th round during their title fight in Las Vegas.

With the victory, Pacquiao won a record seventh world boxing title in seven different weight classes. (PNA) RMA/OPS/rsm

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