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Gabbard Welcomes Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao’s Continued Support; Steve Collins

Hollywood, Calif.– Congresswoman-Elect Tulsi Gabbard today presented World Boxing Champion and Philippines Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao with a flag that was flown over the Hawaii State Capitol, along with an honorary certificate.

“We have many tough challenges that our respective countries are facing, and our commitment to working together is a symbol of the unity that is necessary in order for our country and global community to move forward,” Gabbard said during an appearance at Wild Card Boxing Club, Pacquiao’s training facility in Hollywood, California.

“I was proud to support Tulsi during her campaign because she stands for the people and will fight for their interests,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao appeared in print and radio ads for Gabbard during the weeks leading up to the August primary.

“I was impressed with her record of service and her deep ties to the Filipino community,” Pacquiao said. “I wasn’t surprised by her landslide victories, because she’s also a fighter. I am convinced she will make Hawai’i proud.”

Gabbard said she was humbled by Pacquiao’s early endorsement because he is both a national hero and someone who has also chosen to serve the public in elective office.

“As Congressional members in our two allied countries, we are committed to working together on issues that are of concern to both of our communities – issues like eliminating human trafficking, immigration reform, and creating jobs to increase the economic prosperity and quality of life for the people in our communities,” Gabbard said.

About Tulsi:

As a member of the Hawai‘i National Guard, Tulsi Gabbard served two tours of duty in the Middle East. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her service and currently serves as a Captain.

A Democrat, Tulsi was the youngest person elected in Hawai‘i history, when in 2002 at the age of 21, she won a Hawai‘i State House seat. Two years later, Tulsi gave up her position in the Legislature to voluntarily join her fellow soldiers being deployed to a war zone in Iraq. Between her two deployments to the Middle East, Tulsi served as an aide to U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka. In 2010 she was elected to the Honolulu City Council where she chaired the Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs committee. On November 6, 2012, she was elected by the people of Hawaii to represent Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, and is one of the first female combat veterans to ever be elected to Congress.

World Champion Steve Collins Appointed President Of The Malta Boxing Commission

Razzet H’Attard, Malta – Monday 3rd December 2012

World Champion Steve Collins Appointed President Of The Malta Boxing

The Malta Boxing Commission today announced that World Champion Steve
‘Celtic Warrior’ Collins has been appointed as their new President.

Mr Collins takes over the role from Interim President Gianluca Di Caro,
who temporarily took the reigns of the Malta Boxing Commission in October,
following the removal of former President Alexander Zammit for gross
misconduct and negligence.

Following his appointment Mr Collins said, “I am honoured to be the new
President of the Malta Boxing Commission.

I have always believed that there is potential for Maltese based fighters,
national Maltese fighters, who have not had the opportunity to break into
the professional ranks.

The Malta Boxing Commission isn’t big, but it is an organisation that is
determined to do it’s best for the young upcoming fighters on the islands.

It’s a professional board of control that’s accepted by boxing sanctioning
organisations world wide, which is very important to us, we’re glad about
this as this recognition enables us to hold professional boxing events in

On a more personal note, besides my involvement with boxing on the
Islands, I have family connections here, my brother is involved with one
of the professional football teams in Malta, so I am looking forward to
spending even more time here in the future.”

Outgoing Interim President Mr Di Caro, who is a founding partner of the
Malta Boxing Commission, then spoke briefly on the appointment of the new

“We, the entire board of the Malta Boxing Commission, are proud to
announce that our new President is Mr Steve Collins.

Throughout his career Steve has been an exemplary ambassador for the
sport, as well as possessing a superlative boxing pedigree.

As an amateur he won 26 Irish titles, as a pro he achieved the pinnacle of
the sport, World Champion, not just the once but at two weights –
Middleweight and Super Middleweight – as well as won both Irish and
American National Championship honours.

Since retiring from the ring in 1997, Steve has remained very much “hands
on” within the sport, not just in Malta but also the UK and of course his
homeland of Ireland.

As such we, the board of the Malta Boxing Commission, are particularly
pleased to welcome Steve to the organisation, as we believe that under his
leadership we will finally achieve our aim of developing a professional
boxing culture within the Republic of Malta.”

In addition the Malta Boxing Commission have strengthened the board
further by appointing former Malta Boxing Federation CEO Mr Carmelu
Cardona to the role of Vice Chairman and Dr Matthew Brincat, Chairman of
the Marsa Race Course, to the role of Head of Legal, as well as ratified
all long standing board members roles.

In addition the board members agreed to the amending of the Malta Boxing
Commission statutes, in order to prevent any single board member assuming
an autocratic and self benefiting role, as with former President Mr
Alexander Zammit during his tenure, to ensure that all decisions are made
in a truly democratic manner by the appropriate committee, for the
benefit of the MBC members and the sport of boxing.

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