Warmest Welcome for Pacquiao

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines—Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao returned home on Monday to a hero’s welcome, lifting the spirits of a nation hobbled by a killer typhoon.

A day after demolishing the American Brandon Rios in a one-sided, 12-round clash in Macau, Pacquiao flew back to General Santos City, where thousands of people jammed the streets and gave him what officials called the “warmest ever” welcome.

“We did not expect so many people would come out,” Pacquiao said at a press conference.
“My victory was not for me, but for all of us,” he also said in Cebuano.

Pacquiao dedicated his fight against Rios to the millions of victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” saying he cried every time he saw videos of the devastation.

The supertyphoon has left almost 7,000 dead and missing after its rampage through the central Philippines.

He said he was happy that the people in Tacloban City—one of the areas in the Visayas region hardest hit by Yolanda—cheered him on during his fight.

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