Pacquiao: This fight is for my countrymen
By Virgi T. Romano
Wed, 10 May 2006
FILIPINO ring idol Manny Pacquiao yesterday said tht his coming bout against Mexican star Oscar Larios on July 2 at the Araneta Coliseum is a gift to his countless fans.
“Fighting Larios is my gift to my countrrymen for the devotion and respect they have given me and my family during my boxing career,” said Pacquiao in his hometown of GenSan Monday.
Pacquiao will fly to California on Saturday for training at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood.
Now financially secured, Pacquiao said money takes the backseat against Larios.
“I am not fighting anybody for money. I am returning a favor to you all,” said Pacquiao.
Pacquiao’s ‘gift to the Filipinos’ fight is to be handled by his own outfit, MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions, in collaboration with ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.
Pacquiao started his money trail by beating the first of six Mexican rivals, Gabriel Mira, at the Araneta Coliseum on April 24, 1999.
Five others -- Emmanuel Lucero, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales (two fights), and Hector Velasquez --served as Pacquiao’s springboard to success, putting him on the threshold of greatness in Philippine sports history.
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