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Pray for Pacquiao,
Bacolod solon asks

Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia is calling on Bacoleños to rally in prayer behind boxing icon Manny Pacquiao as he takes on Brandon Rios tomorrow at The Venetian in Macau.

Leonardia, who had been invited again by the boxing champ to join Team Pacquiao in Macau, said that at no other time does the country need a victory on the global stage more than now, when our people are struggling to get back on their feet after Yolanda. The exercise of coming together behind a common cause should go a long way in nation-building, Leonardia said.

The Bacolod congressman also said this is a time when Bacolod should rally behind Pacquiao, who was declared an adopted son of the city by an executive order Leonardia issued when he was mayor.

“After his two successive losses, we need to reaffirm our support for Pacquiao now, to show him that we are with him whether in victory or defeat,” Leonardia said.

Unlike others, who have abandoned Pacquiao since he lost, let us show him our support now, he said, noting that some people who used to fight to be with Pacquiao during his fights, are no longer there now.

“I am sure these fair-weather friends will come back and start fawning around him when Pacquiao rebounds with a victory on Sunday,” he added.

The match tomorrow is dubbed “Clash in Cotai.”*

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