Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is dedicating his November 24 fight against Brandon Rios to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol and Cebu.
“I dedicate my fight against Rios to the victims of these calamities. I would want to personally aid the victims of both calamities but my schedule [for the Rios fight]prevented me from doing so,” Pacquiao said in a statement.
The Pacquiao-Rios fight will be held in Macau. It could be the make-or-break match for Pacquiao, who lost his last two fights: a split decision against American Timothy Bradley and a sixth-round knockout defeat against arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico.
Despite the losses, Pacquiao remains the only fighter to have won eight titles in eight different weight classes.
Pacquiao has coursed relief goods for the Yolanda victims through his Bobslor Pacquiao Foundation.
“I will further be of help to the victims further help the victims of the killer quake and the super typhoon as soon as I get from my boxing match later this month,” he said.