Pacquiao wishes Janine Tugonon best of luck

Posted at 12/06/2012 7:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao wished the country’s bet for Miss Universe some luck two weeks ahead of the international beauty pageant.

Filipino boxing superstar Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao. File photo

Speaking to ABS-CBN News on Thursday, Pacquiao said beauty queen Janine Tugonon should just keep knocking on the doors of heaven.

“Miss Janine, good luck, kailangan manalo ka. Just do your best. Pray lang kay God,” he said.

This year’s Miss Universe will be held at Planet Hollywood and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19 (December 20 in Manila).

Pacquiao, for his part, is also in Las Vegas for his fourth ring collision with his Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez set on December 8 (December 9 in Manila).

Aside from his message for Tugonon, Pacquiao said he is dedicating his upcoming boxing match to the victims of typhoon “Pablo” in Visayas and Mindanao.

“Pray lang tayo. Tapusin ko lang itong fight na ito, tutulong tayo. Have faith,” he said. – from a report by Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News