Press Release
November 13, 2011

Pia: Manny the 'People's Champ'

"Manny Pacquiao will always be the People's Champ. As an athlete, I'm sure he would have wanted a more decisive win. Victory is always sweeter that way.

"But Juan Manuel Marquez also fought well, and since the fight was fierce and close up to the last second, and without anyone scoring a knockdown, this is one of those close fights where people will have differing opinions on who fought better.

"Still, both are world-class fighters who deserve our admiration and respect. And every Filipino knows that as an athlete, Manny has proven time and again that he trains hard and fights hard and continues to bring honor to our country."

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