AFP to promote Pacquiao to full colonel

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A military reward, including a possible promotion to the next higher rank in the reserve force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), awaits Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao in recognition of his boxing achievement after he demolished American boxer Timothy Bradley via a unanimous decision on Sunday.

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The boxing congressman is a Philippine Army reservist with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

“We still have to discuss what appropriate award [to give]for his victory. But the accomplishment will be recognized by the Army,” Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, on Sunday said.

He added that Pacquiao fought a good and aggressive fight all throughout the entire 12 rounds, which, Detoyato pointed out, made Bradley lost his timing after he felt the power behind the punches of the fighting congressman from Saranggani.

“Manny is no doubt out there to win, there was no doubt to that. He has 12 rounds to do it and he did it,” the Army spokesman further said.

Pacquiao’s victory was his second after suffering two successive losses in 2012 against Bradley by split decision and a stunning six-round knock out from Mexican Juan manuel Marquez.

On November 2013, Pacquiao defeated Mexican-American boxer Brandon Rios, also by unanimous decision in 12 rounds, in Macau.

Pacquiao was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the reserve force last September 21, 2011 after he defeated American boxer Shane Mosley and having met all the requirements for promotion as official of the reserve force.

He first entered the Army’s reserve force in April 27, 2006 as a sergeant and was promoted to technical sergeant eight months after.

On October 2007, Pacquiao rose to master sergeant, the highest rank in the enlisted personnel.

On May 2009, he was given the special rank of senior master sergeant in honor of has accomplishment as then the pound-for pound king of boxing.

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