The presence of the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte added drive to Senator Manny Pacquiao in his fruitful performance for the World Boxing Association welterweight belt here against Lucas Matthysse of Argentina, on Sunday. Cheers welcomed Duterte as he entered Kuala Lumpur's Axiata Arena.
With him were his child Sebastian Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go. The President stood and raised his clench hands after 39-year old Pacquiao, crushed Matthysse by means of knockout in the seventh round.
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It was the Filipino legend's 60th profession win in a sparkling 23-year journey in this chosen career. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad additionally viewed the session.
He touched base at the setting amid the 6th round, Malacañang staff affirmed. Mahathir said Pacquiao's win introduced "memorable day for Malaysia". Duterte, in the interim, said he will take motivation from Pacquiao's triumph when he holds a discourse with Mahathir.
The President told journalists that 'he has no second thoughts that he came before to watch the battle. It's a decent one, it's the first occasion when that he had gone outside the Philippines just to see Pacquiao's battle'.
The President, be that as it may, said he has encouraged Pacquiao to resign in light of the fact that he needs "to see my companion lay on his trees and appreciate life". Duterte jested, "he [Pacquiao] has so much cash as of now, no issue".