Tax woes won't affect training, says Pacquiao

Posted at 03/30/12 10:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao said his ongoing conflict with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) won't affect his preparations for his upcoming title defense in June.

The WBO welterweight title holder said it will be all systems go for his training starting this April despite his tax dispute with the BIR.

"I am not affected. That is nothing to me," Pacquiao said in RingTV.

Pacquiao is slated to defend his title against undefeated Timothy Bradley on June 9.

He will start his training during the first week of April in Baguio City.

"I have been reading the Bible to gain strength and inspiration. I am still focused and I won't allow these issues to affect my concentration."

The BIR sued Pacquiao early March after the boxer allegedly snubbed the agency's summons to submit certain documents.

Pacquiao was charged with violation of Section 266 of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC), and if convicted, he can be fined as much as P10,000 and imprisoned for two years.

But Pacquiao's Canadian adviser, Michael Koncz, said the boxer is unlikely to get distracted by the complaint.

"Manny's been in boxing long enough, and I've always said that he's a tremendous multi-tasker," Koncz said.

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