Pacquiao raises over P2M for 'Yolanda' survivors


Posted at Apr 18 2014 01:22 PM | Updated as of Apr 18 2014 09:22 PM

Manny Pacquiao answers questions during a press conference in General Santos City on Good Friday. Photo by Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Filipino boxing superstar and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao on Friday vowed to help rebuild houses in the typhoon-hit areas in Visayas, following his victory over American Timothy Bradley.

Coming off a unanimous decision win and reclaiming his WBO welterweight title in the process, Pacquiao sold off his boxing shorts and gloves that he used during the fight for the benefit of the "Yolanda" survivors.

The items reportedly fetched a total of $50,000 or over P2 million.

"Tutulungan natin silang makapagtayo ng mga bahay nila doon," Pacquiao said in a press conference held shortly after he arrived in the Philippines on Good Friday.

The 35-year-old boxer is now currently in General Santos City attending to his wife, Sarangani Vice Gov. Jinkee Pacquiao, who is due to give birth to their fifth child.

Despite calls for his retirement from both Jinkee and his mother, Mommy Dionisia, Pacquiao also stressed that his boxing career is far from over.

He revealed that talks with his promoter, Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum, over his next fight will resume next month and that he is willing to face either Juan Manuel Marquez or Floyd Mayweather Jr. -- with a report from Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News