Palace prepares 'heroes welcome' for Pacquiao – Remonde

November 16, 2009 11:35 am 

Manila, November 16 —- Malacanang is now readying another heroes welcome for the pound-for-pound boxing champion Manny Pacquiao during his arrival in the country after winning the welterweight belt in defeating World Boxing Organization welterweight title holder Miguel Cotto on Sunday at the MGM arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the preparation of another heroes welcome for Pacquiao who clinched a global record in boxing history as the only boxer to win seven different weight divisions.

”Ipinag-utos ng Pangulo na ihanda ang heroes welcome sa pagbabalik ni Manny sa bansa (The President has a heroes welcome for Manny on his return to the country),” Secretary Remonde added.

Pacquiao earned a place in boxing history after he defeated Cotto and won his seventh weight division – the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt – after the referee stopped the fight on the 12th round of their fight last Sunday in MGM arena and declared Pacquiao as the winner through technical knockout (TKO) when Cotto stop throwing punches in their final round.

Remonde also stressed although President Arroyo failed to watch the fight, she joined the country in rejoicing for the latest victory of Pacquiao.

"Once again, Filipino grit and determination triumphed over great odds. May this serve as an inspiration to the entire Filipino nation especially the youth," the President’s statement said.

”May this serve as 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 to achieve our goals. Manny trained long and hard, imposed stringent self discipline, persevered, and above all, has always placed himself in the hands of God. I hope we all learn from his example so that, together, we can also move forward as a nation,” President Arroyo added.

Aside from his latest WBO welterweight title, Pacquiao also won the world championships in the flyweight (112 pounds), super bantamweight (122 lbs), featherweight (126 lbs), super featherweight (130 lbs), lightweight (135 lbs), and light welterweight (140 lbs).(PNA) V3/rudyma

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