Vice Presidential hopeful, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. called on all Filipinos to unite in supporting Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and to pray for the latter’s victory in his fight against American boxer Timothy Bradley.
The boxing match between Pacquiao and Bradley is slated on Sunday, April 10 at Grand Casino, Las Vegas. The said match may be Pacquiao’s last bout before he retires.
“At least for a few hours, let us forget politics and rally together in support of our National Fist, Manny Pacquiao,” Marcos said in a statement.
Marcos adds that despite Pacquiao’s remark about members of the LGBT who are engaged in same-sex relationship being “worse than animals”, he still has been able to bring honor and international recognition in our country through his remarkable career that catapulted him to the ranks of boxing greats.
“Manny rekindled our pride as Filipinos and inspired many of us to strive for excellence, even against overwhelming odds. Definitely, Manny deserves the support of the entire Filipino nation in his farewell fight,” the senator said.
Although Pacquiao is a guest senatorial candidate of the Marcos- Santiago tandem, Marcos denies any political motive in his call for support of Pacquiao. He explains that he is “just a proud Filipino supporting a fellow Filipino who has done so much for all of us, for somebody who had shown us what we can do when we are united”.
On February 22, Philippine senatorial candidate Walden Bello has asked the Commission of Elections (COMELEC) to cancel Pacquiao's fight against Bradley, because it will give the boxer-politician's massive popularity and extensive campaign as it violates the Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Elections Act since the fight will fall in the 90-day national candidates campaign period for the national elections.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec), however, said that it was not in a position to stop the boxing match between Pacquiao and American Timothy Bradley in the United States .
“That is not really within our control,” Comelec Chair Andres Bautista said when asked if the poll agency would allow the fight to push through.