PACQUIAO TOLD TO FORGET TRAINING FOR NEXT FIGHT AT BATASAN COMPLEX

MANILA, AUGUST 13, 2010
(MALAYA) BOXING champ and now Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao should forget about using the sprawling Batasan Complex to train for his next fight.

Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr. yesterday shot down the plan of Pacquiao to use the gym and the premises of the lower chamber saying he thinks sports should not be politicized

"It is not a good idea, sports should be sports. Huwag nating pino-politicize iyung sports. It might not be to his advantage. This is a political place and people may be coming over to watch him. I don’t think it is a good idea to be training inside," Belmonte told reporters.

"I don’t like the ground of the House to be the focus of some professional fight like that," he said.

Belmonte said he is concerned that Pacquiao’s training would attract many spectators which would not be good for the institution.

Pacquiao, who holds seven weight division titles, has said he intends to secure the necessary permission from the House leadership for him to use the gym and the premises for his training.

The boxer-lawmaker said he could even sleep in his office at Room 403 of the South Wing Annex so he can attend morning committee hearings after running and stretching at least three hours a day.

Pacquiao may face Mexican Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) junior middleweight belt.

Belmonte said the House is completely behind Pacquiao in his quest to win his eighth division title.

"We are one hundred percent supportive of Congressman Pacquiao and I myself know that he intends to be a real hardworking congressman. He wants to make a difference from the province of Sarangani," he said.

Belmonte also praised Pacquiao’s performance as a neophyte lawmaker. "He’s well-informed and he’s doing his best. In fact I praise his first speech, it’s a well-crafted speech." – Wendell Vigilia


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