PNoy, Pacquiao talk more than just boxing during courtesy call
     December 18, 2013 6:52pm
Sarangani congressman and boxing champ Manny Pacquiao (L) pays a courtesy call to President Benigno Aquino III. Lauro Montellano Jr.

For more than an hour, President Benigno Aquino III and boxing champion Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao talked, not just about boxing, but sumo wrestling and shooting as well, during his courtesy call, Wednesday afternoon.

“Nag-usap kami about ‘yung boxing kay Muhammad Ali tapos ‘yung sumo wrestling ba ‘yun sa Japan. At saka nag-usap kami about ‘yung shooting competition,” Pacquiao said after his meeting with Aquino.

A Palace insider refused to say if the two talked about Pacquiao's problem with the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

The insider just said that the two had a good conversation as Pacquiao was also asking the President about national issues such as the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.

The President also promised to give Pacquiao a copy of the film "Fighting with Ali."

Asked why his courtesy call with the President was delayed, Pacquiao said they were both busy.

“Naging busy po at saka pareho po kami naging busy ni Presidente. Busy siya sa pag-asikaso ng mga problema. Ako po busy dahil sa paghahanda sa pagpunta sa Tacloban, then paghahanda [sa] birthday ko rin," said Pacquiao.

Pacquiao won a unanimous decision against Brandon Rios in Macau on November 24 for the WBO International Welterweight title. The courtesy call was scheduled three weeks after.

In a briefing before the courtesy call, Aquino said scheduling problems delayed the meeting.

"Nandoon rin tayo sa panahon na kasagsagan ng Yolanda; siya rin mismo nagpunta doon at tumulong. So palagay ko naman e, busy siya at palagay ko naman, kita niyo mas busy ako. Wala namang other point other than iyong scheduling conflict," he said.

Asked what they would talk about, Aquino said he was just willing to listen to what Pacquiao would say.

"Well, ako’y handang makinig sa kung anong gusto niyang pag-usapan," he said. - AMD, GMA News
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