Pacquiao's new ride is P18-M chopper

Posted at 06/20/2012 8:06 PM | Updated as of 06/21/2012 9:47 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino fight king and Sarangani Rep. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao bought a five-seater, slightly used Bell Jet Ranger helicopter as a gift to himself.

Pacquiao, who earlier this week donated relief goods to flood victims in Sarangani, did not divulge the cost of the helicopter.

But according to sources, the chopper cost P18 million and was bought even before Pacquiao fought – and lost to – American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. last June 9.

Pacquiao said the helicopter is a good investment, which will help him better serve the people of Sarangani.

“Mahirap kasing marating ‘yung mga kababayan ko sa bundok sa Sarangani, kaya binili ko ‘yan,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao is also surprised that he was included in the list of Forbes’ highest-paid celebrities in the past 12 months, coming second only to rival Floyd Mayweather Jr.

He earned $62 million in 2012, while Mayweather earned $85 million. -- Report from Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN