Sunday, November 14, 2010

Philippines celebrates historic Pacquiao victory

By Mynardo Macaraig, Agence France-Presse

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines on Sunday united to celebrate boxing hero Manny Pacquiao as he won an historic eighth world title, with soldiers, slum dwellers, and farmers hailing him as the greatest ever.

Pacquiao's pummeling of Antonio Margarito in Texas to capture the World Boxing Council super welterweight title caused a familiar upsurge in pride for the impoverished Southeast Asian nation's 94 million people.

"Pacquiao is the greatest boxer ever," said Aliudin Sumael, 43, a Muslim farmer who rushed to a cultural center in the strife-torn southern province of Maguindanao to watch the bout.

"I hope he can share his millions with us poor Muslims."

Pacquiao's rise from poverty to the top of world boxing has been one of the few enduring success stories in the Philippines over recent years, as society has struggled with grinding poverty, corruption and natural disasters.


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