BOXING champion and Sarangani Province representative Manny Pacquiao showed up in Congress on Monday where he was hailed by colleagues as the ‘winner’ in his welterweight megabout against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
A round of applause greeted the 36-year-old ring great upon his arrival at the House, while the ad hoc committee was in the middle of a hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
Ad hoc committee chairman Rufus Rodriguez acknowledged Pacquiao’s presence the moment he arrived, and immediately congratulated the boxing champion who he referred to as the 'true winner’ over Mayweather in their 12-round match held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last May 3.
Pacquiao wore a coat, although his injured right shoulder remains in a sling after undergoing surgery in Los Angeles last week to repair a tear in his rotator cuff.
The eight-time world division champion suffered the injury while in the course of his two-month training for the Mayweather fight.
Pacquiao, who arrived from the U.S. last Wednesday, lost by unanimous decision against his unbeaten 38-year-old American foe.