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Palace: Despite loss, Pacquiao still the People's Champ

President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hand of Sen. Manny Pacquiao during a courtesy call at Malacañan in December 2016. The STAR, File
MANILA, Philippines (Updated 6:37 p.m.)  — Manny Pacquiao may have lost the WBO welterwight title to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, but he is still the People's Champ, Malacañang said Sunday.
 
"Pacquiao’s loss in Brisbane would not diminish the honors he bestowed to the people and to the flag," the Palace said in a statement to reporters after the fight.
 
Horn, a schoolteacher, won by unanimous decision with scores of 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 over Pacquiao, an eight-division boxing champion.
 
 
"Nothing will change: Senator Manny Pacquiao will remain our People's Champ, Pambansang Kamao and National Treasure in Global Sports," the Palace also said.
 
Pacquiao, former congressman for Sarangani Province, is one of the Duterte administration's staunchest allies in the Senate. 

Robredo: Every loss an opportunity to get back up

In a separate statement later Sunday, Vice President Leni Robredo said that while Pacquiao's defeat may have been a disappointment to many Filipinos, "every loss is also an opportunity to get back up -- this has been the story of Manny Pacquiao, as it has also been the story of millions of other Filipinos."
 
"Battered by poverty, by calamity, by prejudice, so many of our brothers and sisters have been knocked down, but continue to muster the will to get back up," the vice president said. "They have always been a source of strength and inspiration to me, and in this hour of disappointment, I hope they will also be for Manny."
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