BONGBONG Marcos joined Manny Pacquiao and other boxing heroes at the 10th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Boxing Awards-Banquet of Champions Thursday night at the Sofitel Hotel Manila.
Hosted by the Elorde family led by Mrs. Laura Elorde, widow of Flash Elorde, the affair presented awards to current Filipino boxing champions led by Pacquiao who was honored as Boxer of the Decade.
Other awardees were Brian Viloria (WBO Strawweight), Donnie Nietes (IBF Jr Flyweight), Rodel Mayol (WBC Light Flyweight) and Marvin Sonsona (WBO Flyweight) and former world champion Gerry Penalosa.
Bongbong congratulated the awardees for bringing honor to the nation. He spoke of the need for Filipino athletes to have more security for themselves and their families.
He cited the case of Z Gorres, who attended the gathering of the best boxers in the land in a wheelchair. Gorres underwent emergency brain surgery after suffering a subdural hematoma (blood clot in the brain) during his fight with Luis Melendez at Mandalay Bay last year.
“Z carried the hopes of our nation every time he stepped into the ring. Now he can’t even carry himself,” Bongbong said.
Gorres was still able to get up 30 seconds before the final bell and was declared winner via unanimous decision. But the final bell on his once promising career rang on that fateful night.
“We have to make sure that our athletes like Z are aptly rewarded for their efforts to make us proud,” Bongbong said.
The Elorde awards night also commemorated the 25th death anniversary and 75th birth anniversary of Flash Elorde, who during his lifetime brought honor to the Philippines with his boxing prowess and skills.
Bongbong came with his wife Liza and his three sons.
Also present at the affair were Eden Sonsona and Rey “BoomBoom” Bautista, and many members of the media.