Manny Pacquiao meets Barack Obama, tours Capitol with US Senator Harry Reid
Manny Pacquiao on meeting Barack Obama
Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao met U.S. President Barack Obama today at the White House in Washington, D.C., reports Inquirer.net. With his wife Jinkee, the Sarangani congressman talked boxing, basketball and a bit of business with Obama. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was also present at the closed-door meeting, reports ABS-CBN News.
Obama gave Pacquiao three grocery bags of light blue M&M’s and a watch, all adorned with the U.S. presidential seal. He declined the boxer’s invitation to watch the bout against Shane Mosley on May 7 because he will be "busy," according to Inquirer.net, but promised to watch the fight on TV.
"Manny said it was very impressive being in the Oval Office, seeing it first hand. He said it was a great honor to meet the President of the United States," Inquirer.net quoted Pacquiao’s publicist Fred Sternburg. "He also said the President is a very tall man."
Before he met Obama at the White House, Pacquiao toured the Capitol with Harry Reid, U.S. Senate senior member, reports Inquirer.net. Reid, whom Pacquiao campaigned for in the recent elections, set up Pacquiao and Obama’s meeting because of the boxer’s following in the U.S. "I try not to bother the President, but I bothered him on this occasion."
Asked about Pacquiao and Obama’s meeting, President Noynoy Aquino said, "We have an outstanding athlete worthy of being talked to by one of the most powerful men (in) the world." Inquirer.net quoted him: "So there is a recognition that here in the Philippines, we also have talented and worthwhile individuals... I’d like to say thank you."
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