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Government to give Pacquiao hero's welcome

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - The Philippine government said on Monday it will give new World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao a hero's welcome upon his return from the United States.

In a press briefing, Deputy Spokesperson and Press Undersecretary Anthony Golez said the administration is joining the entire nation in celebration of the victory of Pacquiao, who defeated Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto and achieved what no other boxer has done in boxing historyto win seven crowns in as many different weight classes.

"Definitely, he will be welcomed by the President in (the Presidential Palace) Malacanang when he comes home," Golez said.

Pacquaio is likely to be vested with another presidential citation for his latest feat, he said, adding "his victory symbolizes that there is nothing a Filipino cannot do."


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