"Alay ko po sa Diyos at bayan ang aking pagkapanalo laban kay Thurman." - Pacquiao
Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, fellow senators and Senate family. Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagpupugay. Binabati ko rin po ang inyong liderato sa maayos na pagbubukas ng 18th Congress.
Alay ko po sa Diyos at bayan ang aking pagkapanalo laban kay Thurman. Thank you for all your love and support. At 40 years old, I can still fight someone who is 10 years younger than me. I can still give a good fight and entertain the fans. The abilities and skills that I have are from the Lord. I continue my boxing career for a purpose: to inspire our people to rise above their limitations and overcome their circumstances.
Marami po ang nagsasabi na wala na pong ibang pwedeng maging Manny Pacquiao. Ngunit naniniwala po ako na marami pa tayong mga magagaling na mga boksingero na nag-aantay lamang ng tamang oportunidad.
Mr. President, it is high time for us to invest on our boxing talents who are loaded with potentials. The so-called diamonds in the rough can just be around the corner. Nanawagan po ako na ipasa natin ang Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission ngayong 18th Congress. With our all-out support to the creation of the commission, Philippines can be the Boxing and Combat Sports Capital of Asia and beyond.
Mr. President, BOXING is my passion and PUBLIC SERVICE is my mission. I am ready to work with all of you in overcoming the challenges in the 18th Congress. Together, as champions of the Filipino people, we shall emerge victorious. Patuloy ang laban para sa bayan!
Maraming salamat po!