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Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday visited the Court of Appeals in Manila to speak before members of a Christian fellowship group at the appellate court.

Clad in a pink polo and black pants, Pacquiao, who was invited as a guest speaker at the Christmas party of Born Again Christians at the CA, once again thanked the people in the audience who showed their support during his last boxing match.

“Alam niyo, iyong mga palakpak ninyo, rinig na rinig ko hanggang doon sa ring,” said Pacquiao, prompting the crowd to break into a loud applause.

He was refering to his boxing victory in Macau last November 23, in which he successfully retained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title by defeating Chris Algieri.

In his speech, Pacquiao also looked back at how he had changed since reaffirming his faith in God.

“I drink. I womanize. Nagsusugal ako. Hindi ako nahihiya. Iyan ang buhay ko noon. Ako pala ay hindi godly person,” he said.

Pacquiao recalled how he broke down in tears every time he read the Bible.

“Umiiyak ako kapag natatamaan ako. Lord, ito pala iyong kasalanan ko. Natatamaan ako at umiiyak ako,” said the boxing champion, before reciting a Bible verse about salvation.

On Thursday last week, Pacquiao was in Makati for a hero’s parade in his honor.

Apart from his duties in boxing and in Congress as representative of Sarangani, Pacquiao also serves as a playing coach for Kia in the PBA. —NB, GMA News

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