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Sadness sweeps Philippines after Pacquiao defeat

Sadness sweeps Philippines after Pacquiao defeat

Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao's defeat in his much-anticipated fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., but many said they still considered the boxing icon a national hero. Gymnasiums and other public venues where the 12-round fight was shown for free on Sunday around noon local time were quickly vacated soon after it was announced Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision. Herminio Coloma, a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino III, said “the country still holds its head high in the admirable fight of our National Fist.” He said Aquino thanked Pacquiao, who is also a congressman, for being “an inspiration to every Filipino who is...

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