Pacman to give P.5m to Asian tourney champ
BOXING icon Manny Pacquiao attended a dinner hosted by AIBA president Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu on Thursday night and promised to give light flyweight Rogen Ladon and welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial that he would give the two a P500,000 incentive should they win a gold medal and qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil.
Pacquiao then stunned the two young boxers when he informed them through ABAP Executive Director Ed Picson that he would provide an additional
P5 million if they win a gold medal in Brazil next year.
Pacquiao, who arrived to a tumultuous welcome at the fabulously modern Hamad Al Attiwa Arena in Doha said: “I want to help these boys because they are great.”
He even joked that he will take over the fighters’ careers when they turn pro. ABAP president Ricky Vargas, in an early morning call while Pacquiao and party were awaiting their flight back to Manila (they left via Dubai at 3:45 a.m. Doha time), said: “We are so honored and appreciative that our boxing hero Manny Pacquiao took time out to show support for our boys. It’s no joke that he spent 26 hours on a plane then stayed for a hectic schedule in Doha for only 17 hours with hardly any sleep! Maraming salamat, Manny!”
Ladon continues his campaign here in the quarterfinals (Round of 16) on Saturday versus Poland’s David Jagodzinski, who won over a Bulgarian on Thursday, while welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial, who TKOd Egyptian Said Mohamed in his initial foray here, faces Spain’s Youba Sissokho.
Ladon, who now has 2 wins, will be assured of a bronze if he wins over the Polish boxer, but needs one more to snare a slot to the Olympic Games.
Only the gold and silver winners in the light flyweight category will go to Rio. In Marcial’s division, three boxers will make it (the 2 bronze medalists will box off for the third slot.