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    Manny Pacquiao Rallies Philippine Troops in Battle Against ISIS

    https://www.rt.com/viral/397953-mann...marawi-troops/

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    Philippines boxing hero-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao visited the country’s battle-weary troops fighting the ISIS-linked Islamist insurgency that has plagued Marawi City for over 10 weeks.
    Pacquiao visited Camp Ranao in the Southern Philippines at 9am local time Saturday for a security briefing with military officials wearing the unique camouflage of the Philippines Special Forces, who previously made him an honorary member, Rappler reports.

    "I want to join you in the fighting" Pacquiao told the troops of the 103rd Brigade during his address.

    "Don't surrender, because the same as in boxing, we're in the last 3 rounds and it's almost over."


    The fighting has displaced roughly 400,000 residents from Marawi City and the surrounding countryside, ABS-CBN News reports. The current confirmed death toll from the siege has risen to 630: 471 terrorists, 45 civilians, and 114 state troops according to government figures.

    "We are happy to have the Senator here with us today, it is indeed quite a privilege," Westmincom Chief Lieutenant General Galvez said, as cited by Rappler.

    "We know our troops on the ground will surely be in high spirits, knowing that Senator Pacquiao took his time out to come and show support to our troops despite his busy schedule."

    The military claims the IS-linked Maute fighters have been contained within three neighborhoods in the city, while the army carries out minesweeping operations throughout the remainder of the city.

    Martial law on the Southern island of Mindanao was recently extended by an overwhelming majority in an extraordinary joint session of the Philippines Senate and Congress.

    Pacquiao is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Philippine Army's Reserve Force, having initially joined the reserves in April 27, 2006 as a sergeant.

    "You are the real heroes, not Manny Pacquiao. I am just a boxer but you give your lives for our country," he told soldiers in a camp in Marawi City.

    "Hopefully, I can come back here and greet you again when the fighting is done and if it isn't finished when I come back, then I will be the one who will go over there," Pacquiao said as artillery fire roared in the background.

    The senator and former boxing world champion also handed out aid to the beleaguered troops who have been engaged in a protracted urban warfare campaign for months.

    Pacquiao recently lost his WBO Welterweight Championship on July 2 to Australia's Jeff Horn via unanimous decision, but is still regarded as a national hero in the Philippines.

    “The munitions and weapons deliveries will enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities, and directly support AFP members actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines, including Marawi,” the United States Embassy in the Philippines statement read.

    "Upcoming weapons deliveries include 250 rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 1,000 M203 grenade launchers delivered to the Philippine Army through the security assistance program."

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    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    This beast called ISIS has reached the damn Philippines ! @Robert @Markhor but little did they know the 8th wonder of the world was waiting for them with his straight left !

    Hopefully the siege ends, there has not been much coverage on this in the media I only found to because I follow boxing and one of the sites reported that Manny rallied the troops during their bid to end the savagery


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    I hope the soldiers do a better job than Manny. He got KO'd by some unknown Aussie in his last fight.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cpt. Rishwat View Post
    I hope the soldiers do a better job than Manny. He got KO'd by some unknown Aussie in his last fight.
    He didn't get KO'd by that bum who was handed a gift though


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    Run ISIS ! Run !


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    The bum won it fair and square for mine. Not sure what one of the judges was watching tho but the other two got it right I think.

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    The re-score had Horn just ahead as well @shaz619


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    Quote Originally Posted by SL_Fan View Post
    The re-score had Horn just ahead as well @shaz619

    Those judges who re-scored it were not free from bias in their scoring being employees of the WBO and with Bob Arum being incredibly influential, it's not beyond him to have a say on the outcome in both instances given his relationship with the WBO. Anyhow in a boxing contest there are 3 judges, if we were to take the scores of Judges 1, 2 and 3 who re-scored the fight; outcome would be ruled a draw.

    Boxing Scene are generally the most accurate when it comes to their scoring for me:

    http://www.boxingscene.com/scorecard...-Jeff-Horn--84

    Every live scorecard is on point, you can check their history. I didn't agree with their scoring with regards to GGG v Jacobs because I believed Jacobs had won, anyhow even on an off day they had GGG winning by a point which I wouldn't dispute because it was competetive fight.

    Also, every platform on which the fight aired had Manny ahead on points and pretty much every pundit and journalist as well. It was a home town decision unfortunately but take nothing away from Jeff because he put on one hell of a performance, anyhow am of the view one needs to do a bit to take the title from the champion. Manny has invoked his rematch clause, the Jeff fight would have been Manny's final obligation to Top Rank/Bob but Bob was very sly, he had signed Jeff Horn prior to the Manny fight and he also ensured that if Manny invokes a rematch clause it could only take place in Australia.


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Maybe you’re right champ I haven’t looked at the stats and all that but watching it live I thought Horn looked to be in control for the most part whereas Manny I felt was kinda playing catchup in a lot of the rounds. Horn did take one heck of a beating in round nine but to his credit somehow got it together and came back even harder from what I remember. Close fight nothing much in it but a fair call for mine. Btw just so you know I have cut open a fair few boxes in my time so I like to think that I kinda know what I’m talking about here.

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