A Metro Manila congressman yesterday asked the House of Representatives to seriously determine the possibility of holding the next fight of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao in the country.
Parañaque Rep. Gus Tambunting filed House Resolution (HR) No. 949 asking a congressional study in making the country the venue for international events.
Aside from boosting the tourism industry, Tambunting said his proposal would also encourage additional investments here.
“The home pride, Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino professional boxer and politician, the first and only eight-division world champion, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes,” Tambunting told reporters during yesterday’s news forum.
Tambunting’s resolution was referred to the House committee on games and amusement headed by Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. who vowed to look into the request.
The Parañaque lawmaker expressed belief that the country has the capability to handle Pacquiao’s bouts because big events and concerts of high-caliber artists like American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, classic jazz icon Tony Benett and others have been staged here.
The lawmaker said that the Thrilla in Manila of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975 for the world heavyweight title was the biggest boxing match held here.
The lawmaker took note that the 23rd Miss Universe pageant was held in Manila on July 21, 1974 before a live audience of 10,000 at the Folk Arts Threater and broadcast live by CBS and Radio Philippines Network (RPN).
He said it was the first time in the pageant’s history that the event was held in Asia.
Ryan Ponce Pacpaco