MACAU – Other than dedicating his fight against Brandon Rios to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda, Manny Pacquiao is also set to visit the calamity-hit areas of Visayas including Tacloban.
“I plan to visit Tacloban after the fight,” Pacquiao disclosed Tuesday to a horde of media men present as he worked out for the first time in this gambling capital in Asia since arriving on Monday night.
“I really feel bad seeing (on video) a lot of people suffer.”
They Said It!
“I plan to visit Tacloban after the fight." - Manny Pacquiao
The 34-year-old boxing icon initially planned to go to the ravaged provinces, but was prevailed upon not to by trainer Freddie Roach owing to the proximity of his 12-round welterweight match against Rios.
“But I ordered my people to give away relief goods,” said Pacquiao, also a congressman from the province of Sarangani. “And I prayed for them.”
The Visayas region bore the brunt when Yolanda (Haiyan), one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, hit the Philippines two weeks ago while Pacquiao was in deep in training for the Rios fight in General Santos City.
The tragedy that affected the people of the disaster-hit provinces has prompted Pacquiao to dedicate his fight against Rios to them.
“It gives me more motivation to win, to focus more because I want to make the Filipinos happy,” he said.