- Title: Filipinos rejoice Pacquaio's "comeback" win
- Date: 6th November 2016
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (NOVEMBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) CROWD WATCHING BOXING FIGHT MAN CHEERING VARIOUS OF CROWD CHEERING (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) SALESMAN, JIFFORD KIDLAT, SAYING: "Congrats, Manny! You won! We Filipinos always win." KIDLAT CHEERING WITH CROWDS
- Embargoed: 21st November 2016 07:04
- Keywords: Philippines Filipinos boxing match cheering celebration
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Boxing,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA00157B281R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Filipinos in Manila cheered boxing star Manny Pacquiao's return to the ring as they watched via satellite their "pambansang kamao", or "national fist", beat American Jessie Vargas on Sunday (November 6).
Now a Philippine senator, Pacquiao knock-downed former welterweight division champion Vargas during the second round, delivering fan expectations for his return to boxing.
Almost a thousand residents watched the bout at a public plaza in Marikina district and cheered the Filipino southpaw on as he landed blows on Vargas.
Pacquiao won the bout through a unanimous decision after 12 rounds.
Salesman Jifford Kidlat says he is glad to see his idol back in the ring and that Vargas' knock down means Pacquiao can still fight after his boxing hiatus.
"Congrats, Manny! You won! We Filipinos always win," he said.
Pacquiao, who used to be a congressman of his hometown in Southern Philippines, announced his retirement from boxing after beating Timothy Bradley in their third bout in April, vowing to focus on his political career.
But after winning a Senate bid in May, the boxer-turned-politician had a change of heart and said he wants to be the first senator to win a boxing championship.
Known for his lightning speed punches and delicate foot work, Pacquiao's previous fights with Bradley and fellow boxing giant Floyd Mayweather Jr. have ended in decision calls, starkly different from his record of knockouts which defined 38 of his 58 wins so far.
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