Pacquiao: 'Huwag niyo na akong iboto'

Report by Lenn Almadin Thornhill, ABS-CBN News North America

Posted at Jan 20 2015 08:29 PM | Updated as of Jan 21 2015 04:34 AM

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Manny Pacquiao. File Photo

NEW YORK – Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has had a whirlwind few days, beginning with an appearance on The Today Show along with a brief appearance at the Filipino American Press Club of New York's holiday party with Consul General Mario de Leon Jr.

Pacquiao is in New York City to promote "Manny," a documentary about him that is independently produced and directed by Filipino-American filmmaker Ryan Moore.

The film, which is scheduled to premiere in New York on January 23 at the AMC theater, will be distributed by Universal Pictures – a first for a major studio to do so with an independent film, according to Moore.

But Pacquiao also fielded questions about negotiations for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, and about his poor attendance in the Philippine Congress.

"We are waiting for the contract signing. I mean, it's that close to making that fight happen. My promoter and I, we already agreed to all the terms and conditions that he wants to do," said Pacquiao. "We are just waiting for the contract from them."

On his poor attendance at the House of Representatives, Pacquiao said: "Hindi naman ako mahihiya diyan. Yes, marami akong absent because marami akong commitments at sa fights. Two fights a year, at sa training pa lang."

"I don't want to boast what I have done in my district, pero kung pakitaan nang accomplishment by the term sa distrito. Importante kasi 'yung tao matulungan mo, at hindi 'yung lagi kang naka-upo doon sa Kongreso," he added.

"Puro batas 'yung pina-file mo, wala namang pinakinabangan ang batas. Pero kailangan, you file the bill, 'yung trabaho kailangan tulungan mo ang mga tao. Tapos ang term mo, tapos wala kang ginagawa sa mga tao."

Of his plans for 2016, the "Pacman" said: "Sa akin, sa distrito ko, 'pag election, 'pag may kalaban ako, huwag niyo na akong iboto para hindi sumakit ang ulo ko."

Pacquiao said he has been using his own money – that exceeded the budget of a Congressman – to help the people of his district.

"'Yun, mas happy ako kung hindi nila ako iboboto, 'yung para hindi ako gagastos. Wala naman akong hinahangad na magnanakaw. Hindi ako katulad na magnanakaw. May takot ako sa Panginoon," he also said.

Pacquiao is scheduled to be one of the five judges for the Jan 25 Miss Universe Pageant to be held in Florida. Meanwhile, this week, he will head to California to promote the documentary film.