TYPHOON SURVIVORS IN TACLOBAN CHEER PACQUIAO TRIUMPH

Pacquiao's triumph over American Brandon Rios in Macau served as a rallying point for many still-traumatized survivors, many of whom lost loved ones and their homes to the Nov. 8 typhoon, which killed more than 5,200 people and left 1,600 others missing. Haiyan also damaged or destroyed one million homes, displacing more than 3 million people.

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“The entire Filipino nation celebrates anew the victory of Congressman Pacquiao. In 12 rounds, Manny displayed unmatched speed and strength to defeat his opponent, and once again, triumph inside the ring,” said presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda. He said the victory of Pacquiao, who is also the congressman from Sarangani, in the fight serves as a source of strength and inspiration for the entire nation after Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated a large part of the Visayas region.

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The three ringside judges scored the fight 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 as Pacquiao handed out a lesson in clinical boxing to his less-experienced American opponent. The Filipino great, who had lost his last two fights, took the 12-round contest to Rios from the first bell, connecting with lightning combinations to the body and head.


TYPHOON SURVIVORS IN PH CHEER PACQUIAO TRIUMPH


Typhoon survivors cheer following an announcement of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao's unanimous win over American Brandon Rios in their WBO international welterweight boxing title match in Macau, which was telecast live at a public park in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Thousands of Filipino survivors of Typhoon Haiyan erupted into wild cheers to celebrate their boxing icon Pacquiao's victory that gave them a brief respite from the enormous destruction and rebuilding that lies ahead. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

TACLOBAN, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Bullit Marquez- TACLOBAN — Thousands of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan erupted into wild cheers yesterday to celebrate the victory of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, bringing back laughter and revelry briefly to a central Philippine region that was turned into a corpse-strewn wasteland by the powerful storm.

Pacquiao's triumph over American Brandon Rios in Macau served as a rallying point for many still-traumatized survivors, many of whom lost loved ones and their homes to the Nov. 8 typhoon, which killed more than 5,200 people and left 1,600 others missing. Haiyan also damaged or destroyed 1 million homes, displacing more than 3 million people.

Many jumped repeatedly in joy as they cheered on Pacquiao, who won by unanimous decision to take the WBO international welterweight title.

"I was so happy and I wanted to cry, but there were too many people," said street sweeper Ardel Nebasa, who lost his home in tsunami-like storm surges that ravaged the city of Tacloban.

"It would have felt like another storm has hit if he lost," said Nebasa, who watched the match with his son and thousands of other people on a TV screen set up in a public plaza in Tacloban.

Another survivor waved a cardboard placard that read: "We're for Pacquiao, God bless, Tacloban will rise again."

A damaged house in the city of more than 200,000 people displayed a painted image of the boxing superstar with a battle cry: "Fight Tacloban!"

Residents also cheered at Tacloban's seaside stadium, where they watched the fight on a giant screen, their view partly obscured by the light filtering through holes in the ceiling. One man carried a Philippine flag.

Many residents were so excited to watch Pacquiao they asked officials to temporarily halt the distribution of relief goods, Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez said.

Pacquiao dedicated his comeback fight to Haiyan victims and promised to visit Tacloban and outlying regions devastated by the typhoon.

Interviewed by Manila's DZBB radio network after his victory, Pacquiao thanked the Filipino people, particularly the typhoon survivors who prayed for him. "The honor is for you," he said.

President Benigno Aquino III's spokesman, Herminio Coloma, said Pacquiao "once again united the hearts and mind of our countrymen who are facing intense challenges brought by a series of tragedies that have befallen our country."

When the bell rang to signal the end of the 12-round match, many spectators in Tacloban threw their baseball caps, shirts and pieces of cardboard into the air, even before the result was officially announced.

Nebasa said Tacloban residents would eagerly await the visit of Pacquiao, who rose from poverty to become one of the world's highest-paid athletes.

"We'll be thankful if he can help us," Nebasa said. "He came from the ranks of the poor and we identify with him and are happy for his triumphs."

Hundreds of typhoon survivors and aid workers, as well as several US Navy personnel, watched the bout in a grandstand at Manila's Villamor air base.

In Macau, the 13,200-seat arena at the Venetian, where the fight was held, was packed. Many in the audience were Filipinos, some of whom waved Philippine flags and chanted, "Manny, Manny."

Businessman Bong Ferrer said Pacquiao's victory was a boost amid so much misery.

"This is a high morale day to the Filipino people," he said.

Palace applauds Pacquiao By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 25, 2013 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang applauded yesterday the victory of world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao over his younger Mexican-American opponent Brandon Rios for the WBO International welterweight belt in Macau.

“The entire Filipino nation celebrates anew the victory of Congressman Pacquiao. In 12 rounds, Manny displayed unmatched speed and strength to defeat his opponent, and once again, triumph inside the ring,” said presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda.

He said the victory of Pacquiao, who is also the congressman from Sarangani, in the fight serves as a source of strength and inspiration for the entire nation after Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated a large part of the Visayas region.

“It is our hope that the principle that guides him in each fight does not change: that every punch he throws, is a punch for the honor of our people,” Lacierda said in a statement.

Disaster management and military officials yesterday likened Pacquiao’s win to the Philippines’ capability to rise from the tragedy caused by the typhoon.

Vice President Jejomar Binay congratulated Pacquiao for winning against Rios.

“I would like to thank Manny for dedicating his win to the Filipino people,” Binay said.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Eduardo del Rosario said Pacquiao’s victory is symbolic since the country is reeling from the effects of the recent storm.

“(The victory is) very symbolic because from two defeats, he rose and we Filipinos are like that. We fell because of Yolanda and we will continue to rise,” Del Rosario told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo yesterday.

Del Rosario was referring to Pacquiao’s back-to-back losses handed by Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez last year. – With Alexis Romero, Paolo Romero, Christina Mendez, Jose Rodel Clapano

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Pacquiao crushes Rios November 24, 2013 9:36 pm


Manny Pacquiao (right) deals Brandon Rios a lesson in clinical boxing during their fight for the World Boxing Organization International welterweight title in Macau on Sunday. AFP PHOTO

MACAU: Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao made a successful comeback to the ring with an overwhelming points victory over Brandon Rios to win the World Boxing Organization International welterweight championship in Macau on Sunday.

The three ringside judges scored the fight 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 as Pacquiao handed out a lesson in clinical boxing to his less-experienced American opponent.

The Filipino great, who had lost his last two fights, took the 12-round contest to Rios from the first bell, connecting with lightning combinations to the body and head.

Rios was on the canvas following a body shot in the first round, but the referee ruled no knockdown because the former lightweight world champion had slipped.

Rios proved durable, but Pacquiao gave him an all-over workout and a boxing lesson in the American’s debut at welterweight.

Pacquiao, a congressman in the Philippines, which was recently ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan, was understandably emotional afterwards.

“This is not about my comeback,” he said in the ring immediately after the verdict. “This is about my people’s comeback from a natural disaster and a natural tragedy.”

Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach had said he would tell his charge to retire should he lose to Rios.

Now Pacquiao will look for a potential rematch with Mexican arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked “Pac-Man” out in their fourth meeting last December.

“I’m so happy,” added Pacquiao. “Because my time is not over.”
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