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article imageNo recognition for Pacquiao's win as palace runs out of awards

By Leo Reyes     Nov 20, 2010 in Sports
Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao returned home Saturday from the US where he won the WBC super welterweight championship title against Mexican Antonio Margarito at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Upon return, Pacquiao met with media for his arrival statement and immediately proceeded to Quiapo Church in downtown Manila for the usual thanksgiving mass.
After the mass, he met with Philippine president Benigno Aquino lll in Malacanang Palace where the president congratulated him for winning the WBC crown and for his record-breaking eighth win in as many weight divisions.
Surprisingly, Pacquiao did not get any recognition from the office of the president for his victory. It turned out, the palace runs out of awards for his rare accomplishments.
Inquirer.net
reports:
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte on Friday said Manny Pacquiao had already received so many awards and that a committee had been formed to consider what other accolades could be given to the eight-time world boxing champion.
“There is a process when it comes to the awards,” Valte told Palace reporters. “I understand there has to be a nomination and there’s a committee that will go through it.”
In congress though, two resolutions were filed and approved granting the new WBC super welterweight champion and eight-division record holder conferring him with appropriate medals of distinction.
The House of Representatives Monday unanimously passed two resolutions conferring the “Congressional Medal of Distinction” on Manny Pacquiao, commending him for showing “compassion” for Antonio Margarito and, if somewhat exuberantly, hailing him as a greater fighter than Muhammad Ali.
Meanwhile Pacquiao is set to report to his office in congress on Monday to resume his congressional duties as representative of southern Philippine district of Sarangani.
A rousing welcome awaits the Filipino boxer in his hometown General Santos City and in Sarangani.
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