MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is praying for undefeated American star Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the two boxers face off in a legal battle.
Pacquiao recently concluded a deposition hearing for his defamation suit against Mayweather and his uncle Roger. The Mayweathers have accused Pacquiao of using performance enhancing drugs in the past.
But Pacquiao said he is praying for his boxing rival.
“Dasal ko sa kanya na hipuin ng Panginoon ‘yung puso. Sana maging humble s’ya at sumunod sa kautusan ng Panginoon,” Pacquiao said.
The eight-division world champion even cited a Bible verse for Mayweather’s benefit.
“’Yung ngang verse na paborito ko is yung Matthew 12:36-37. It says: Everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word that they have spoken, for by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao also attended a star-studded gala in Las Vegas to celebrate boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday.
He will make his return to the ring on June 9 against undefeated American fighter Timothy Bradley Jr. and plans to start training on April.
Mayweather is also booked for a May 5 bout against Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto. – Report from Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau