MACAU – Freddie Roach is doing his share in giving back to a typhoon-devastated country that has been like a second home to him.
On Sunday, Roach disclosed he is auctioning the body protector and pair of mitts he and Pacquiao used while training for the welterweight fight against Brandon Rios, with the proceeds going to the victims of super-typhoon Yolanda.
Both colored green, the boxing tools were personally signed by Pacquiao and Roach, who is an adopted son of General Santos City.
The 34-year-old Filipino held his training camp in General Santos for about two months as he prepared for his 12-round match against Rios.
During that stretch, Eastern Visayas bore the brunt of the strongest typhoon ever recorded, with Tacloban City the hardest hit among the provinces in the region.
Pacquiao initially planned to visit the affected families of the calamity, but the proximity of the fight against Rios kept the People's Champ from personally coming to the aid of the victims.
With the Rios bout over, Pacquiao, who will be departing for Manila late Monday afternoon, said he’s going to visit Tacloban as soon as possible.
The fundraising of Roach comes on the heels of the P1 million donation made by Top Rank chairman Bob Arum to victims of typhoon Yolanda.