Malacanang welcomed the arrival Saturday of Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao following his successful defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown against American boxer Sugar Shane Mosley.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, in an interview over government-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, said the people are eager to see the Sarangani lawmaker’s next fight.
“Welcome home, Congressman Manny Pacquiao. We are very happy to have you back and we look forward to your next fight,” Valte said.
Pacquiao arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 Saturday morning on a Philippine Airlines flight from Los Angeles.
After his arrival, he had breakfast at the New World Hotel in Makati City before going to Quiapo Church in Manila for his customary thanksgiving Mass.
The boxing champion is scheduled to proceed to General Santos City where a hero’s welcome awaits him. He arrives just in time for his mother Dionisia’s grand birthday celebration on Sunday.
Pacquiao, who wore yellow gloves symbolizing the fight against poverty and hunger, retained his WBO welterweight crown against Sugar Shane Mosley last Sunday via a unanimous decision.
Pacquiao is the only boxer in history who has earned 10 world titles in eight different weight classes. Aside from being a global boxing icon, he is also a well-known figure in Philippine politics after winning a seat at the House of Representatives. (PNA)