TWO DAYS before he faces Timothy Bradley Jr. in Las Vegas, Philippine boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao thanked Filipinos on Friday for their continued prayers for his victory.
Pacquiao, in an interview on dwIZ radio, said that he is "excited" about his upcoming confrontation with Bradley in the ring for the WBO welterweight championship on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)
"Excited na ako sa fight ko, maraming salamat. Alay ko sa sambayanang Pilipino, ang karangalang ito para sa ating lahat," he said.
This came after the Sarangani congressman was told that many Filipinos at home were praying for him to prevail over Bradley.
Meanwhile, Philippine local officials continued to prepare for Sunday's bout by offering free showings of the event.
In Manila, the city government readied several venues for the free showing of the fight, radio dzBB's Carlo Mateo reported.
The report said the venues included the Tondo Sports Complex, Dapitan Sports Complex, San Andres Sports Complex, and a covered court in Sta. Mesa.
The showing is scheduled to start at 8 a.m., with complementary tickets to be given on a first come, first serve basis. (Reuters)