Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao sprained his ankle while playing basketball on Saturday, but was still able to attend the 11th anniversary celebration of the River of God Church at the Crowne Plaza in Ortigas, where he spoke to a huge congregation that listened intently.
After the worship, in which his wife Jinkee and their four children participated in actively, the Manila Standard and ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo had an exclusive interview with the eight-division world champion on a variety of issues.
He said the sprain occurred during a third consecutive game of basketball he played the previous evening, but shrugged it off.
“It’s not the first time,” said Pacquiao, conceding that his failure to use an ankle support and to tape his ankles led to the injury. “But it’s okay.”
Pacquiao starts serious training for his showdown with Brandon Rios in Macau on Nov. 24, although celebrated trainer Freddie Roach has, in the past, expressed his concern over his basketball activities, while training for a fight precisely because of the risk of injury. Right now, Pacquiao has been jogging and doing light training.
Serious training will begin when trainer Roach arrives in Pacquiao’s hometown of General Santos City after the fight of Miguel Cotto (whom Roach now trains) on Oct. 6.
Meanwhile, the Sarangani congressman also said that whatever decision President Benigno Aquino III makes on the issue of the pork barrel and the wholesale corruption that has been
unearthed and stirred the people in calling for its abolition, must be respected.
“Whatever the decision of the President is, we need to respect his decision. He is the authority,” said Pacquiao. “I believe the President will do what’s best not for himself, but for our country and our people.”
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