Fewer lawmakers eager to watch Pacquiao’s fight in Macau after Typhoon Yolanda

They can still catch the fight on TV.

Gil Cabacungan of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that fewer congressmen have expressed their intent to watch Manny Pacquiao's upcoming fight against American boxer Brandon Rios in Macau following the massive devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.

 

According to the report, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said on Tuesday (November 19) that "only a dozen members of the House of Representatives had sought permission" to fly to Cotai Arena in the gambling mecca to watch Pacquiao's bout on Sunday (November 24). He said this congressmen "might have lost their appetite" to travel given that millions of Filipinos are still suffering after the typhoon hit the country nearly two weeks ago.

 

Belmonte did not confirm reports that Pacquiao, who is also Saranggani province’s representative, gave 60 to 70 lawmakers free tickets to the fight. But he said "there had been expectations" that several congressmen would watch the fight live considering it was just a two-hour flight away from Manila.

 

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