By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Sept. 2, 2014
LAS VEGAS – Fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao remains unfazed as he addressed various issues raised against him recently.
Among these issues is not having enough time for boxing since joining the Philippine Basketball Association as a playing coach. He was also slammed for agreeing to train Chinese boxers in the middle of the Philippines’ territorial dispute against China. Pacquiao chose to dismiss his critics.
“I don’t mind them. What’s important to me is my relationship with my family and the Lord,” said Pacquiao.
Hall of famer coach Freddie Roach comes to his ward’s defense and assures fans that even with the Pacman’s hectic schedule, he is ready for the upcoming fight against Chris Algieri on November 22.
“Once we start the training for the fight, that’s all we are doing,” said Roach. “There is no distraction whatsoever.”
Pacquiao also did not directly address rumors that he is running out of money because of his tax woes – but he says his legal team is handling his taxes. Last year, days after his victorious fight against Brandon Rios in Macau, the Bureau of Internal Revenue froze some of Pacquiao’s hard earned money.
“Hindi na ako makabalik ditto sa America kung hindi ako maga bayad ng tax, hindi naman,” said Pacquiao. “Honest naman tayong nagbabayad pagka wala kang ginagawang masama, wala kang dapat katakutan. May mga batas naman tayo atsaka yung kato tohanan will always prevail.”
In just two months, the Pacquiao versus Algieri fight will take place in Macau, China, and online betting odds are already up.
Pacquiao is now at -1400 while Algieri is now at +800. This makes the American boxer the underdog of this fight.