Many lawmakers want to watch the megabout between eight-time world champion Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. but won’t be able to because they can’t afford the costly price of a ticket, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. said on Saturday.
Belmonte said many of Pacquiao’s colleagues at the House of Representatives would want to witness the Filipino champ’s biggest fight because it may be his last. However, the Speaker said even lawmakers may not be able to buy tickets.
“Nobody has requested for a travel authority just yet, but I know people will come. The biggest deterrent is the expensive ticket which already reached as high as P1 million,” Belmonte told reporters.
He admitted that he himself would like to watch Pacquiao-Mayweather clash, considering that the undefeated American fighter could be the Sarangani lawmaker’s last remaining foe since no other boxer in history has achieved the Filipino champ’s record of being a world champion eight times in as many weight classes.
“If there is one fight [that I’d like to see]. . . I really see this as Pacquiao’s last hurrah. He knows that he has to give his all. I’m very confident that he knows it. So I wish we could be of more help,” Belmonte said.
Based on his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth, Pacquiao is the richest member of the House of Representatives with a net worth of P1.35 billion as of 2013. Coming in second is former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos with P922.8 million, followed by Belmonte with P819.7 million.
In fourth place is Negros Occidental’s Albee Benitez with P713.8 million, followed by Negros Occidental’s Jules Ledesma with P617 million.
Mark Villar of Las Piñas City (Metro Manila) is sixth with P526.4 million, while Congresswoman Marcos’ nephew Ferdinand Martin Romualdez of Leyte was seventh with P475 million.
Rounding up the top 10 richest lawmakers for 2013 are Joel Roy Duavit of Rizal (P273 million), Enrique Cojuangco of Tarlac (P217.5 million) and Zajid Mangudadatu of Maguindanao (P215.8 million).