MANILA, Philippines — Aside from promoting his upcoming fight, boxing superstar and Filipino congressman Manny Pacquiao said he will use his US trip as an opportunity to help his constituents in Sarangani province.
Pacquiao, who is scheduled to hold a 5-city press tour in the US for the Shane Mosley fight, will make a side trip to Washington D.C. to meet US President Barack Obama.
The 8-division world champion said he is excited to meet Obama, the first Black-American to become US president.
"[Napa]Pag-isipan ko sasabihin ko... na matulungan ang province ko (I thought about what I’m going to tell him… to help my province)," said Pacquiao.
The Filipino champion has already lined up several projects for his province in his capacity as congressman.
He said that help from the US will be more than welcome.
Pacquiao is also scheduled to visit the US Senate and meet Las Vegas Sen. Harry Reid, whom he helped get re-elected last November.
The Filipino boxer is set to leave for the US on Wednesday to promote his welterweight title bout against 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. — With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News