WASHINGTON DC – Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has arrived in Washington DC along with his wife, Jinkee, to attend the National Prayer Breakfast that is held annually at the Washington Hilton on the first Thursday of February.
Thousands of people from over 100 countries, including the Philippines, attend the National Prayer Breakfast yearly.
"It's people from all over, from all countries coming to Washington DC, and the President of the United States, the First Lady, the Vice President and his wife will be present," said Jonathan Frank of the National Prayer Breakfast.
"It's an opportunity for people to come around and unite in faith, setting aside their political differences in prayer and fellowship," he added.
Members of the U.S. Congress host the Prayer Breakfast, which is why Pacquiao, as a representative of Sarangani, was invited.
"He has a position with the government, the Philippines, because of him being a world renowned boxer, and being a Christian, we felt important to the country, the Philippines, to invite him to be part of this prayer breakfast. Who knows, he might end up being the President of the Philippines one day," said Frank.
The Dalai Lama is expected to watch the Prayer Breakfast as well.
Pacquiao will be given 20 minutes to speak, and the "Pacman" said he will emphasize the themes of unity and love and the greatness of God in his speech.
"We'll be giving Manny an opportunity to talk about his faith and how it's affected his life, the change that's been made in his heart," said Frank.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao and his camp have decided to stay mum about the negotiations for a potential fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"Right now we don't have any comments on the boxing issues," Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, said. "We will just wait and see what happens. We just pray and be hopeful."
Pacquiao was also silent when asked about his relationship with Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum, after it was revealed by boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz that Mayweather had questioned Pacquiao's financial arrangement with his promoter.
"No comment muna tayo diyan," said Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is also scheduled to meet with members of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday night.