MANILA – Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao said his ongoing tax issues as well as his religious beliefs will not hinder him as he tries to regain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt against Timothy Bradley on April 12.
Pacquiao is trying to avenge his controversial June 2012 loss to the American, and assured his fans that his current tax troubles are being taken care of.
“About the tax situation, there is nothing for me to worry about because I did not hide anything. So I am not worried about that,” the boxer said in a conference call.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) had frozen Pacquiao’s bank accounts in the Philippines shortly after the Filipino defeated Brandon Rios in November 2013, saying the “Pacman” had failed to pay taxes for what he earned in his fights in the United States.
Pacquiao also said that his religious beliefs do not affect how he fights.
“The religion is a personal thing in my life, and fighting in the ring, it’s boxing,” he said. “It’s my profession.”
“God always gives me strength. In the past, I didn’t knock my opponent out. It’s competition. Sometimes, you knock the opponent out, and sometimes, you don’t. We cannot predict,” he added.
Instead, Pacquiao stressed that he is completely focused on preparing for Bradley, who had ended his seven-year winning streak two years ago.
“We are not focusing on the knockout. We are focusing on being more aggressive and throwing a lot of punches. If the knockout comes, it comes,” said Pacquiao.
“I just want to prove that I can have the hunger that it takes to get the job done.”