LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao said he has nothing in mind but to give honor to the country every time he fights.
That was why Pacquiao he is still fuming over attempts to stop the Philippine airing of the match between him and Timothy Bradley, a day after hacking out a unanimous decision victory at the MGM Grand Arena.
“Wala namang politika yan, karangalan ng bansa natin (yan),” said the Filipino southpaw.
Without naming names, Pacquiao said it’s unpatriotic to stop the broadcast of the third match between him and Bradley.
Pacquiao is running for a Senate seat in the coming national elections back home and petitioners have claimed his prolonged TV exposure during the fight constitutes a violation of election laws.
“Sino man yung taong nagreklamo na ipalabas yung fight para sa karangalan ng bansa natin, ang puso niyan ay hindi tunay na Filipino,” he said.
Fellow senatorial candidate Walden Bello and former senator Rene Saguisag had sought the opinion of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on the showing of the fight during the campaign period, saying it gives the boxing superstar undue advantage over the other candidates.
“Kaya pagka karangalan ng bansa ang pinag-usapan at against ka, eh hindi ko alam kung ano ang nasa isipan mo,” he said.