Fresh from victory over Mexican ring icon Erik “El Terrible” Morales in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday (Sunday in Manila), World Boxing Council (WBC) International Superfeatherweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao again thanked the Filipino people for their support and prayers before and during his fight.
Pacquiao arrived at around 5:45 a.m. Friday on board Philippine Airlines Flight PR 103 from Los Angeles, California.
Pacquiao humbled Morales in three rounds before a soldout crowd at the Thomas and Mack Arena. Pacquiao first floored Morales in the second round then finished the job with two more knockouts in the third.
At a press conference at the Manila City Hall after attending Mass at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, the fighter dubbed as the Philippines’ “People’s Champion” thanked the press, local and national officials and the public for their support and again dedicated his victory to the Filipino people.
Pacquiao will next pay a courtesy call on Mrs. Arroyo at Malacañan Palace then lead a motorcade in his honor across the city.
The motorcade is expected to start at the city hall and end at the Manila Zoo.
Other roads, city districts and landmarks where the motorcade is expected to pass through are Jones Bridge, Escolta, Plaza Sta. Cruz, Dasmariñas, Quintin Paredes, Reina Regente, Claro M. Recto, Delpan, Zaragoza, R-10, Moriones, Juan Luna, Tayuman, A.H. Lacson, Nagtahan, Jesus, Laura, Dr. M. Careon, Tejeron, A. Francisco, Rubi, Diamante, San Andres, A. Linao, Pres. Quirino and M. Adriatico.
Finally in the evening, Pacquiao will grace a grand victory party organized by the city government at the Raja Sulayman Park. The party will feature top performers plus special numbers by Pacquiao himself.