Next Pacquiao fight in PH?

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Published : Tuesday, April 15, 2014 00:00

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Written by : Ryan Ponce Pacpaco

THE call to hold the next boxing bout of Sarangani Rep. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in the country snowballed yesterday at the House of Representatives following his decisive victory over Timothy Bradley Sunday.

Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, head of the House independent minority bloc, Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr., Cavite Rep. Elpidio “Pidi” Barzaga Jr., Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo and Parañaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting said concerned people should work hand in hand to ensure that the next fight of Pacquiao will be held in the Philippines.

“If we will be able to host the next fight of Congressman Pacquiao in the country, this will make the Philippines a venue for more big international events that would surely boost the tourism industry and attract additional investments,” Romualdez pointed out after Pacquiao regained his WBO welterweight title he lost to Bradley two years ago.

“His victory showed the Filipinos strong determination to succeed in life despite big challenges. Aside from unifying the nation once again, the resounding triumph of Pacquiao demonstrates to the world the hard work, courage, and strength of Filipinos as trademarks in winning the battle. Congratulations Manny for another convincing victory and thank you for inspiring us,” Romualdez added.

Belmonte assured that Pacquiao will be accorded again a new congressional recognition for his latest victory when Congress resumes session on May 5, adding it is high time to work on ensuring that the next fight of Pacquiao be held in the country.

“A proper recognition will be given to Congressman Pacquiao. Holding his next fight to the country is a good idea that we should work on,” said Belmonte.

Like Romualdez, Barzaga, chairman of the House committee on games and amusement, said the country hosting the next boxing fight of Pacquiao will be a big boost to tourism and will encourage new investments.

“I just hope that Manny’s next fight will be in the Philippines. If a small country like Macau could host a Pacquiao fight, there is no reason why Philippines cannot do it. Manny fighting in our country would give his countless fans to see him fight in person not to mention it will be big boost to our tourism industry,” Barzaga pointed out, referring to Pacquiao’s earlier decisive victory over Brandon Rios at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian in Macau last November.

Castelo said Pacquiao did not only vindicate himself from his previous loss to Bradley, but has firmed up what he described as the “healing process” from all problems besetting the nation.

“Manny’s victory over Bradley, which has happened this summer, is part of the healing process, the rebuilding activity from all those reports of corruption, scandals, disasters and calamities, which took place during the rainy season,” said Castelo.     Tambunting said Belmonte should now look into his House Resolution (HR) No. 949 asking a congressional study on making the country a place for international events.

“The home pride, Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino professional boxer and politician.  The first and only eight-division world champion in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes,” Tambunting explained.

“I congratulate my colleague and party — mate (United Nationalist Alliance) Manny Pacquiao. You have shown the world that the Filipinos is always up to the challenge and has a never say die attitude,” Tambunting added.

Tambunting expressed belief that the country has the capability to handle Pacquiao bouts because big events and concerts of high-caliber artists like American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, classic jazz icon Tony Benette, and others have been hosted in the country.

He said that the Thrilla in Manila was the first and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier held on 1975 for the Heavyweight Championship of the World at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The lawmaker took note that the 23rd Miss Universe pageant was held in Manila on July 21, 1974 before a live audience of an estimated 10,000 at the Folk Arts Theater and broadcast live by CBS and Radio Philippines Network (RPN).

The Parañaque lawmaker said it was the first time in the pageant’s history that the event was held in Asia.

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