Pacman talks politics while Rios refrains from trash talk

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

August 9, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif–It was the last stop for the global media tour for Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios.

The two will clash in Macau in November. “I picked Rios because I believe he can give a good fight. He is an aggressive fighter. He throws a lot of punches,” said Pacquiao.

“I’m going to ready 100% I have to be. Because he ain’t no joke,” said Rios.

Pacquiao will train in the Philippines for the next two months. While the General Santos training will minimize fatigue and jetlag, it will also keep Pacquiao closer to his duties as a congressman as proposals to junk pork barrel has risen amid the alleged pork barrel scam. The Pacman said leaders need to continue having funds for projects that can help their community.

“Yung isyu sa mga PDAF or isyu sa mga budget ng mga congressman in a position, para sa akin kailangan ‘yun dahil ang mga tao pag ikaw ang isang leader hinahapan nila ang mga proyekto (We need the PDAF. Our constituents come to us expecting projects in the districts. Not everyone will understand it if you say we only file bills. If you’re the leader they expect you to initiate projects.),” said the fighting congressman.

The fight in Macau comes amid the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China.

Pacquiao believes his Macau fight can help usher peace in Southeast Asia. Despite the Pacman’s good will,
Filipino activists who are leading global efforts condemning China’s actions during the maritime dispute believe boxing may not solve the tensions.

“This is besides Manny Pacquiao this problem is between the Philippine government and Chinese government so as long as the Philippine government holds talking to the Chinese government nothing can be achieved,” said activist Arturo Garcia who also attended the press conference.

In the meantime, Rios who is known for his antics and trash talk, has been well behaved. The Southern
California-based Mexican American has been focusing on what is expected to be the biggest fight of his young career. “Me and Manny we respect each other. He’s not bad mouthing me, I’m not bad mouthing him so at the end of the day we’re just ready to fight and I feel great that I got the opportunity to fight Manny Pacquiao,” says the Mexican.

After their worldwide press tour that took them across China, Rios admits after the fight he would like to visit the Philippines for a vacation.

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  • jorge buesa
    11 August 2013 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Hey Arturo Garcia, I think Manny Pacquiao, Can talk about Politics at his press conference, if he wants too ? Who are you making remarks about what Manny Pacquiao say at his press conference ? If you want to say something about philippines and china make your own press conference !

  • Noel Garcia
    13 August 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Hey Paquioa your job is to make laws not construct classrooms, bridges, clinics, hospital etc. your pork barrel is the source of corruption in the Philippines. All of you from congress and senate are having kickbacks in millions of pesos to dealers and suppliers and contractors. No one from you are honest and all of you are corrupt. What is happening now with Napoles is true. That is how Phil govt officials does in order to earned kickbacks is to have projects kuno so that it will be justified and of course a higher percentage of it goes to Tongressman and Senatong. Nag bulag bulagan ka Lang Paquioa and your also corrupt of your time in the congress as you are always ABSENT and yet your pork barrel is intact and you don’t know nothing about what you are doing as a law maker. Stop talking about PB in Macau cause you are so talking nonesense. Shame on you!!!!

    • delialusional
      13 August 2013 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Manny really should have just stayed at boxing where he’s good at. If really wants to help the people of his city, he could have helped them without being a congressman. Politics is for those who has the brain and education not for those who just have money. If he is really serious about running for President, go ahead and he would get a mere thousand votes if he does at all.