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Sadness, disappointment in Philippines after Pacquiao defeat

03 May 2015, 10:15

Manila - Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao's defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero.

Gymnasiums and other public venues where the 12-round fight was shown for free by local officials were quickly vacated soon after it was announced Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision.

Herminio Coloma, a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino III, said Sunday the "the country still holds its head high in the admirable fight of our National Fist."

He says Aquino thanked Pacquiao, who is also a congressman, for being "an inspiration to every Filipino who is struggling with life's challenges to achieve a bright future."

Some fans said Pacquiao should retire from boxing while others demanded a rematch.

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