SINGAPORE (PND) – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today called Manny Pacquiao “an inspiration to the entire Filipino nation” after the Philippine boxing icon 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,” the President said in a statement read by Press Secretary Cerge Remonde on DZBB.
The President is attending the 17th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting hereon.
The President said Manny trained long and hard, imposed stringent self-discipline, persevered, and, above all, 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 made history when he won by technical knock out (TKO) over Cotto in the twelfth round. With the victory, Pacquiao won a record seventh world boxing title in seven different weight classes. (PND)
Monday, 16 November 2009