MALACAÑANG sees in Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s decisive triumph over Jessie Vargas a possible rematch with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. even as it called the Pambansang Kamao “a National Treasure in Global Sports“.
The victory made him the first active senator to win a world boxing championship.
“Sabi natin maliwanag na posibleng makalaban ni Manny Pacquiao, magkaroon ng Part 2 ang bakbakang Mayweather at Manny Pacquiao,” Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said.
“Ganun pa man we want to cherish the victory along with the Filipino people,” Andanar added.
The presidential communications chief, however, wishes that Pacquiao would fight other boxers since a rematch with Mayweather may only lead to Pacquiao’s retirement.
Andanar said that they were meeting with Cabinet members Jun Evasco, Ernesto Abella as well as other members of Kilusang Pagbabago and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency but spared time to watch the fight of the Filipino pride.
He said there might be a scheduled welcome courtesy call for Pacquiao at Malacañang once the boxing champ returns to the country.
“Ang galing-galing [ni Sen. Manny Pacquiao], congratulations,” Andanar said.
The Palace also congratulated Nonito Donaire despite his loss.
“Pacquiao’s win “united and brought joy to our people and our nation,” Andanar said.
“The discipline, the determination, and the hard work of our People’s Champ are truly what make him a National Treasure in Global Sports,” he said.
Pacquiao overpowered the younger Jessie Vargas to win via unanimous decision and claim the WBO welterweight championship on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The “Pacman” was looking to end a knockout drought that dated all the way back to 2009, but had to settle for flooring Vargas once en route to a unanimous decision.
Judges scored the bout 114-113, 118-109, 118-109, all for the “Pacman.”
On the other hand, fellow Pinoy boxer Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire suffered defeat at the hands of the undefeated Jessie Magdaleno.
The judges scored the bout in favor of Magdaleno, 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110, making him the new WBO world super bantamweight champion in his first crack at a world championship.
Andanar said Donaire’s defeat “would not diminish the honors he bestowed to the people and to the flag.”