MANILA – Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao vowed to do his best against Juan Manuel Marquez and dedicated their 4th battle to his countrymen affected by typhoon “Pablo.”
In an interview with ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo, Pacquiao said he was saddened by the plight of his kababayans in areas badly hit by the typhoon in the Visayas and Mindanao.
“Alay ko sa kanila ang fight na ito,” said the boxing superstar, who will be facing Marquez again after 3 close fights.
Pacquiao added that he plans to rush back to the Philippines shortly after his fight this weekend to assist in the relief efforts.
“Uuwi naman ako at babalik dun pagkatapos ng fight,” he said.
Pacquiao is a congressman representing the Mindanao province of Sarangani.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has reported that 325 people were killed by floods and mudslides caused by the storm.
Aside from the fatalities, 379 were reported missing and 411 were injured.
Authorities expect the number of fatalities and casualties to go up as rescuers reach more remote areas.