MANILA-- Military officials expressed their support to Filipino boxing icon, Sen. Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, who was defeated by Australian boxer Jeff Horn in their bout in Australia Sunday.
"Heartbreaking as it is, the fight exhibited the true heart of a champion. Sen. Manny's lost to a much bigger and ungentlemanly aggressive Jeff Horn exhibited the fighter in him and Manny remained a clean fighter all through out. That sets him apart from all the rest. Mabuhay ka Sen Manny! Buong buo pa rin ang tiwala at supporta ng Kawal Pilipino sayo," Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said.
Pacquiao's match with Horn took place at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Incidentally, the boxer is a reservist with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He first entered in the Army reserve force as a sergeant in April 27, 2006.
The fight lasted 12 rounds where a unanimous decision was decided in favor of Horn, giving the "Pacman" another loss.
In a separate statement, Col. Arevalo said that Pacquiao fought with passion and fervor that characterized the Filipino indomitable spirit despite severe losses.
"Manny Pacquiao may have lost his belt in the 12-round bout to Jeff Horn, but he retained the love, respect, and admiration of Filipinos as their icon of resilience. Ready to face anew any adversity or life's misfortune," he pointed out. (Priam F. Nepomuceno/Gilbert L. Villaruz and Jayvee H. Castro
Source: Philippines News Agency