Pacquiao calls Philippine tax complaint harassment
Manny Pacquiao described a criminal complaint against him by the
Philippine tax bureau as ”plain and simple harassment,” adding
Monday that he has never shortchanged the government.
The WBO welterweight champion who has won world titles in eight
divisions and is now a Philippine congressman dismissed speculation
that he may follow boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to prison, saying ”I
would rather see him inside the ring, not in a jail.”
Mayweather is due to serve a 90-day jail sentence in a domestic
violence case in Nevada, starting in June. He and Pacquiao have
been unable to agree on terms for a fight.
Pacquiao was slapped with a criminal complaint for allegedly
failing to submit tax documents.
Prosecutors haven’t decided if there is enough evidence for a
court case. Pacquiao could face up to two years in prison if
Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares said last week that
Pacquiao and his representatives were given many chances to submit
the documents but failed to do so, prompting the filing of what can
be likened to a contempt complaint.
She said there was a significant drop in Pacquiao’s tax payment
in 2010 from a year earlier, and her bureau is trying to find out
if he paid the correct taxes.
Even if he paid taxes in the United States, where he had fought
several times, he still needed to report those payments and submit
documents to the Philippine tax bureau, Henares said.
”Over the years as a boxer, a product endorser and businessman,
I have not shortchanged the government for what it is due,”
He lamented that tax officials ”did not even bother to wait a
few days after my fight to give me the letter,” even when ”the
world knew I was fighting for the country’s glory in the United
Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Timothy Bradley Jr. at the MGM
Grand Garden in Las Vegas on June 9.