Local celebrities turned to Twitter to show their support to Congressman Manny Pacquiao after being knocked out by Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez during their unforgettable match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, December 9.
Despite his recent loss, many still consider Manny as a hero, who brought great honor and pride to the country.Gary Valenciano tweeted, “Manny, although we feel the impact of this loss…let me say, at least for me, you still are a real life hero. You've always known how to lose as well. Yes, Marquez won, but there will be other bigger challenges you will overcome outside the ring, and it will prove that you aren't just a boxing champ but a real winner for the God who still has so much more victories for you in all aspects of your life. I stand with u my bro. This loss doesn't define who and what u are in the eyes of God.”
“It’s Showtime” host Coleen Garcia also expressed her support for the "People's champ". “Win or lose, Manny Pacquiao has brought us great pride & hope in the span of his career. No amount of failure should be able to change that. SUPPORT isn't just abt being there 2 applaud when he wins. It's also abt lifting hm up when he fails,instead of pulling hm down even further. Manny isn't just a Champion. He is a Hero to the Filipino people. He opened the world's eyes and made everyone see our true potential. It's just sad to see that despite everything he has achieved, Manny is still being belittled--not to mention, by his own fellow Filipinos.”
Meanwhile, a number of celebs empathized with Manny’s wife, Jinkee, who got very emotional during the dreadful minutes after Pacman was knocked out.
Angeli Pangilinan shared the same sentiment.
Some celebrities also reminded people to respect everyone’s faith and belief.
“Sana wag naman sisihin yung pagpalit nya ng religion. I am a Catholic but I respect his decision of embracing being a christian. Lahat naman tayo iisa lang ang Diyos na pinupuri at minamahal. This is boxing, it's a sport. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Ganun lang yun. #justsayin” singer Carol Banawa tweeted.
While some think that Manny should still keep on boxing, broadcast-journalist Karen Davila feels that Manny should “stop” after his fight with Marquez.