Pacquiao returns to help flood victims
Manny Pacquiao returned to the Philippines on Saturday to help
flood victims in his home province, a week after his loss to
Pacquiao was showered with confetti Saturday, although his
homecoming was much less festive than usual because of his
split-decision loss in the welterweight title fight in Las
He cut short a vacation with his family in the United States to
help thousands of victims of floods that hit Sarangani province,
the area he represents in congress.
”Let us forget what happened, let us accept it wholeheartedly
for God has a plan for us,” Pacquiao said at a news conference
where men dressed as gladiators lined up as his honor guards.
Later, he told GMA television he had asked supporters to skip
the traditional ”hero’s welcome” for him and instead focus on
helping those affected by the floods. He said he has already sent
Pacquiao went to the Roman Catholic church in Manila’s Quiapo
district where he addressed worshippers, urging them to accept the
judges’ decision and shun anger.
Pacquiao’s controversial loss has prompted one of boxing’s major
sanctioning bodies to review Bradley’s victory, the first step
toward what promoter Bob Arum hopes will be ”clarity” in the
judging of the fight.
WBO President Francisco ”Paco” Valcarcel said in a statement
this week that the WBO’s championship committee will review video
of the fight with five ”recognized international judges” and make
a recommendation. He said the WBO does not doubt the ability of the
Most observers thought Pacquiao had easily defended his
welterweight title against Bradley.
Pacquiao interrupted his vacation with his family in the United
States following the bout with Bradley to help thousands of victims
of flash floods that hit his province.
The civil defense office reported Saturday that flash floods
from rain due to a low pressure over the main southern island of
Mindanao earlier this week killed two people in Sarangani and
displaced over 8,000. At least 37 villagers and fishermen are still
missing and more than 200 homes were damaged or destroyed, the
disaster agency said.
At least eight other people have been killed and six others are
still missing elsewhere in the country in the wake of the storm and
the seasonal monsoon rains exacerbated by a typhoon passing
northeast of the country. About 28,000 people also have been