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PIA Press Release
2008/06/29

RP triumphs as Pacquiao downs Diaz in 9th round

Tacloban City (June 29) -- The whole Philippines rejoices as Manny Pacquiao, the People's Champion, once more reaped honors for his country by becoming the WBC Lightweight Champion.

By winning over Diaz, Pacquiao becomes the first Filipino World Lightweight Champion, a fete which the late great Filipino boxer Flash Elorde and four other Filipino punchers before him failed to achieve.

Manny Pacquiao's wrestling Diaz, comes as a morale booster as the country reels from the extensive devastation caused by typhoon Frank and the sea tragedy which claimed the lives of hundreds of people.

The viewing sites in Tacloban and in Leyte were filled with shouts of cheers and joy as Manny Pacquiao was proclaimed as the new WBC Lightweight Champion.

Manny's win will again inspire millions of Filipino young people to continue to hope and work hard for a better future. These young Filipinos could identify themselves with Pacquiao with his humble beginnings.

His rising to popularity and wealth through hard work and determination, is an inspiration to the Filipino people.

As one spectator said, Pacquiao is a living proof that "Magaling talaga ang Filipino." (PIA 8) [top]

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