Saturday, 12 November 2016 00:00

The legend comes home

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (November 12, 2016) - "I am not the greatest, God is," was Manny Pacquiao's statement during the press conference which garnered a loud applause from the crowd.

The new WBO Welterweight Champion, Senator Pacquiao, was welcomed by local government employees and officials of General Santos and Sarangani Friday (November 11) at SM City Gensan. The Provincial Government of Sarangani spearheaded the Hero's Welcome.

Scholars and employees of Pacquiao Group of Companies also attended the event.

Earlier, students carrying Philippine flaglets and banners lined along the streets for Pacquiao's homecoming.

"Nalipay ang tibuok katawhan. Gipakita nimo ang panaghiusa sa mga Pilipino pinaagi sa imong pagdaog sa laban," said Sarangani District 2 Board Member Arman Guili in his congratulatory speech to Pacquiao.

"The crowd was in merriment. You have manifested Filipinos' unity thru your victory."

Guili added that last Sunday (November 6), the streets were notably peaceful, as people watched the champ's fight.

Meanwhile, General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera recognized the boxing champ's feat in history as he becomes the first senator who won a championship title in the whole world.

"All of us won as we won with him," said Rivera.

Sarangani Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta, in behalf of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, called for everyone's support to give back what Pacquiao has done for the country.

Furthermore, Pacquiao recalled he immediately went home right after the fight because he still has work to do in the Senate which he admittedly enjoys.

"May commitment ako para sa tao kaya umuwi ako," the senator said. "Hindi ko nararamdaman yung pagod. Kung puwede, wala akong absent para yung nagasupport sa akin, hindi mapahiya."

Pacquiao has filed a bill which seeks to create a boxing commission which would help athletes become champions.

On the other hand, Pacquiao admitted there were some strategies in his game plan that were not shown because he was so cautious of the opponent, a taller Vargas.

Also, he emphasized that all of his opponents in all of his fights were the best respective of their varied styles.

Nothing is certain yet of his next fight. Pacquiao told the media it has still to be talked upon with his promoter. But one thing is sure, he still has a lot to help in the country.

"It takes dedication, sacrifice, time management and discipline to achieve one's dreams," Pacquiao concluded. (Cherry Marie Irish D. Cruz /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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