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article imagePhilippine Senate wants next Manny Pacquiao fights held in Manila

By Leo Reyes     Nov 26, 2010 in Sports
Senator and former Senate President Manny Villar and Sen. Gregorio Honasan have filed a Senate Resolution Wednesday urging government agencies to look into the possibility of staging the succeeding fights of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in Manila. reports:
Villar and Honasan said the heightened interest in boxing may be attributed to the outstanding achievements of the Filipino boxers, including Pacquiao, who recently dominated bigger, taller and heavier Mexican boxer Antonio Margarito throughout their well-watched 12-round encounter in Arlington, Texas.
”With the end in view of maximizing the opportunities that their victories have brought to our country by exploring the prospect of boosting Philippine tourism and making our country the boxing capital of the world by providing tax incentives to fighters and promoters thereby encouraging foreign boxers to come to our shores and challenge our champions,” the lawmakers stated in their resolution.
”The victories of our boxing champion, Congressman Manuel “Pacman” Pacquiao, has brought great pride and honor to our country,” the senators said.
”Hosting world-class boxing events in the country will generate job opportunities, economic benefits, and encourage an atmosphere of lasting peace and unity among our people,” Villar and Honasan stated in the resolution.
Pacquiao is fresh from his victory over Antonio Margarito via a unanimous decision last November 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas.
Prior to his fight with Margarito, Pacquiao defeated Joshua Clottey of Ghana via a unanimous decision after winning over Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico.
Pacquiao has a 13 -fight winning streak including his major wins over top boxers Oscar de la Hoya and British champion Ricky Hatton.
The popular Filipino boxer is being sought by top contenders led by Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Sergio Martinez and Andre Berto, among others.
Undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr remains as the most desired opponent of Pacquiao according to most online polls statistics.
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