Leonardia showers praises for Pacquiao despite upset loss

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Manny Pacquiao remains to be the greatest boxer of all time in Mayor Bing Leonardia’s eyes.

The Bacolod mayor told the senator and boxing champ to hold his head high despite a shock loss via unanimous decision to his young opponent Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas.

He called Pacquiao a “living boxing legend” despite earning his eighth career loss.

“While we are stunned by the unexpected result of the fight of our Adopted Son, Senator Manny Pacquiao, in his WBA title bout earlier today, August 22, we saw that he put up a gallant fight worthy of respect and admiration by boxing followers around the world,” the politiko said. “In spite of this, the fact remains that his unequaled eight-division world titles have made him a living legend in the sport. What he has achieved in boxing is something no other has ever done.”

“And come what may, he is already immortalized among the greatest boxers ever. Mabuhay ka, Senator Manny Pacquiao!,” he added.