Pacquiao plans to visit Obama, US Senate


Posted at Jan 25 2011 11:23 PM | Updated as of Jan 26 2011 06:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao plans to meet US President Barack Obama when he visits Washington as part of his 5-city press tour for the Shane Mosley fight.

“Inaasikaso pa kung makakapag-courtesy call kay [President Barack] Obama,” Pacquiao told ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo and boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz.

Aside from meeting the US President, the boxer-turned-politician also said he is scheduling a visit to the US Senate.

Pacquiao, the Philippine representative of the lone district of Sarangani province, helped Las Vegas Sen. Harry Reid in his re-election bid last November. 

“We’re going to the US Senate. We're working on that,” said Pacquiao.

The 8-division champion will be stopping by Washington as part of his promotional tour for his welterweight title fight against former world champion Mosley.

The 5-city press tour will begin in Beverly Hills on February 10 followed by stops in Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York and Washington.

The Pacquiao-Mosley fight will take place in Las Vegas on May 7.

At stake will be Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.