DESPITE his shocking defeat, Senator Manny Pacquiao still fought a good fight and deserved to be respected, according to some members of the Senate.
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd said the result of the fight changed nothing and that Pacquiao would remain a hero.
“Sen Pacquiao, my partymate and Senate colleague will forever be my hero. I wish him all the best n his many careers,” said Pimetel.
Sen. Cynthia Villar congratulated Pacquiao for his valiant fight against the Australian boxer, noting that his defeat will not erase his feat as the greatest boxer of his time.
“In the heart of many Filipinos, Pacquiao is a true champion who has given so much honor and pride to Filipinos around the world,” she added.
Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara shares the same sentiments, saying that Filipinos will always be proud of Pacquiao who has contributed a lot for the good of the sport and for the whole country.
“In victory and in defeat, we have celebrated and cried with you. We are proud of you Sen. Pacquiao!” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd and Sen. Richard Gordon were not happy with the decision of the judges but agreed that their colleague fought a good fight.
Sotto particularly questioned the head butts sustained by Pacquiao from Horn which were not deducted by the judges. Even the punches thrown by the Australian boxer while Pacquiao was in headlock was counted in favor of Horn, the senator said.
“It’s called a hometown decision,” said Sotto who watched the fight in Australia.
Gordon on his Twitter account said he was also disappointed with decision, saying that Pacquiao was robbed of the fight.
“The whole world is unanimous. Our man won. We are confident he did,” the senator said, referring to Pacquiao.
“Manny deserves the respect of everyone. No excuses. Of course we saw it. Horn does not get fame. Referees get shame. Hometown pleased,” Gordon tweeted.