FILIPINO ring icon Manny Pacquiao pledged support to the Philippine boxing team competing in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea on September 19 to October 4.
“Pacquiao wants to have a powerhouse competitive Philippine boxing team in Asian Games in Korea,” Alliance of Boxing Associations of the Philippines (ABAP) Executive Director Ed Picson told The Manila Times on Friday in a phone interview. “He was very serious about scoring the bouts of all the Asian Games aspirants.”
Picson added that Pacquiao, the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion is also helping them discover new boxing talents through the ongoing ABAP National Amateur Boxing Championship in Digos, Davao Del Sur.
Picson said that Pacquiao shouldered the cost of the hotel accommodation, meals and transportation allowances of the ABAP boxers in the tournament in Digos. At the same time, Pacquiao also promised to support the boxers financially during the Asian Games.
“Pacquiao is a member of the ABAP board that’s why he promised to help our national boxers because he was also an amateur boxer before,” said Picson.
Before becoming the pound-for-pound king, Pacquiao, at the age of 14, started his boxing career as an amateur fighter in Digos in the early 1990’s. He turned professional in 1995.