Celebrity News: The Filipino boxer, dressed as a soldier, visited his country’s troops fighting against the Islamic state. “If the fight is not over when I return, I will join you,” said the senator.
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has visited Marawi on the island of Mindanao for his country’s troops battling militants in the Islamic state for more than two months. The Filipino boxer and senator, dressed in a military uniform, joked about joining the fight in Marawi. “You are the real heroes, not Manny Pacquiao. I am only a boxer but you give your life for your country,” he said.
“I hope to come back here and say hello again when the fight is over and if it’s not over when I get back, then I’ll join you,” said Pacquiao, while shots and explosions were heard outside the military camp.
The battle in the region of Mindanao has caused 630 deaths, including 471 EI militants, 45 civilians, and 114 soldiers, according to Philippine troops. Pacquiao, the lieutenant colonel in the military reserve in recognition of his achievements in boxing, is a hero for the Filipino people. He emerged from poverty to become world boxing champion in eight categories and millionaire. In his last fight, Pacquiao, 38, lost to Australian Jeff Horn, who snatched the WBO belt from the World Boxing Organization (WBO)