The Senate has commended Filipino boxing superstar and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao for his contribution to the sport of boxing.

In filing Senate Resolution No. 1307, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito said Pacquiao gained the respect and admiration of the international community amid his loss to the still undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Mayweather defeated Pacquiao in a unanimous decision last May 3 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, 36, won a total of 57 fights, has six losses and two draws.

“Boxing owes so much to Manny for bringing excitement and fire for the past 14 years. Each time he puts on those gloves and steps on the ring, he carries his whole nation on his shoulders. We will never see another Manny Pacquiao in this lifetime,” said Ejercito.

The senator also called the boxer from Mindanao a “true champion of the people.”

President Benigno Aquino III earlier expressed his gratitude to Pacquiao “for “serving as an inspiration to every Filipino.”

He exemplifies skill, strength and courage, said Aquino.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said he admires the boxer-politician for fighting hard to bring honor to the country.

“Well sa akin po, sa laban, may panalo, may talo. Sang ayon sa mga judges, si Mayweather ang nanalo. Pero sa ating mga Pilipino, si Pacquiao, pinakita niya ang spirit ng isang taong nagsumikap na magdala ng karangalan sa ating bansa,” said Drilon./PN