US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was in the Philippines for a two-day visit, on Wednesday described the win of Filipino boxing champion and Sarangani Rep Manny Pacquiao against Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez as a “great victory."
In her speech after a bilateral meeting with President Benigno Aquino III and signing of the Partnership for Growth agreement in Malacañang, Clinton admitted that she is a fan of Pacquiao, who is also a lawmaker representing Sarangani province.
“We know that Pacman had another great victory. I am a major Pacman fan," she said.
Pacquiao’s victory was marred with controversy after boxing analysts aired opposing opinions on how the judges should have scored the fight. Marquez himself believed that he was robbed of the victory.
Clinton used Pacquiao’s sport to express the United States’ support to the Philippine government.
“In the spirit of his sport and his success, let me say that United States will always be in the corner of the Philippines. We will always stand and fight with you to achieve the future we seek," she said.