May 8, 2011 by staff
Congratulations Filipinos, Philippine cinemas, hotels, public parks and facilities of the prison were jubilant Sunday after Manny Pacquiao beat Shane Mosley, easily retaining his WBO welterweight title in Las Vegas.
“Manny is the best fighter in boxing history,” said Jay Salvador, 22, a sailor, told Reuters in a packed cinema in the city of Mandaluyong held when Mosley hit the canvas in the third assault.
“I can not hide my disappointment that after the third round, expect Manny to end it early. They should start looking for a stronger opponent for Manny. (Floyd) Mayweather (Jr.), who is next.”
Pacquiao, a congressman and widely regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound, registered a unanimous points victory over Mosley.
In Manila’s financial district, hundreds of prisoners saw the fight on a big screen, under close watch of prison guards armed with batons and the police; rival gangs were separated to avoid a collision.
There was a sea of?? Colored umbrellas in Marikina City in the capital and fans braved the rain to get a better view of the large TV screens installed in a crowded public park.
“We are happy that Manny won,” said Cresencia Betina, 39, held on Mother’s Day watching the fight in a mall in Pasay City.
“I do not mind paying 400 pesos (and 9), because it was worth.”
Philippine President Benigno Aquino issued a congratulatory message from Jakarta, where he was attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders’ summit.
“There is no doubt that this is a true hero,” said Aquino, heaped praise on the champion who wore yellow gloves, as part of its campaign to fight poverty in the Philippines.
The soldiers also took a break to watch the fight within the military bases throughout the archipelago, establishing an undeclared truce with the Maoist guerrillas and Islamic militants.
Maj. Gen. Antonio Alc? Ntara, commander of the army in the Muslim areas in the southern island of Mindanao, said troops resumed patrols and security-related operations after the fight.
Police officials have said the drop in crime rates whenever Pacquiao enters the ring.
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