At least 20 lawmakers will be in the United States on May 2 or the day when their colleague, Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao would take on undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in a fight that would define his legacy in boxing.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. confirmed to The Manila Times that 20 congressmen have left or are set to leave for the United States, but he refused to divulge their names.
“Those who left or are leaving for the [fight]are about 20. None has any entitlement. They are going on their own money and to destinations other than Las Vegas,” Belmonte said in a text message.
“Nobody has asked for a TA (Travel Authority) specifically for Las Vegas so they could also attend other events,” he added.
The Pacquiao-Mayweather match is set at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As of Monday, only Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez admitted that he will be watching the bout.
“I’m going and I’m betting on my colleague,” Benitez said in a separate text message.