Salud says sorry to Pacquiao over 'bankruptcy' issue
MANILA, Philippines – Local boxing promoter and businessman Rex "Wakee" Salud has offered his apologies to Manny Pacquiao for the inconvenience caused by his supposed interview with a Cebu-based daily where he said that the Filipino superstar is losing money.
Salud explained in Tonton Alcos-Antogop's Philboxing report that he didn't mean to say that Pacquiao is already losing his fortune.
Salud said he plans to meet the boxer personally to explain how the supposed interview with Super Balita Cebu's Edwin Lirazan transpired.
“Wa nako’y laing masulti, pasabton nako siya sa sitwasyon nga ug duna gyuy dautan nga gikan kanako mangayo ko niya ug pasaylo (I would not say anything, I will explain to him the situation and if I really did something wrong, I am asking an apology),” Salud said.
In Lirazan’s report, Salud was quoted as saying "Di lang kay nahurothurot, hurot gyud! (He did not just lose his money, he lost all of it)" when asked about Pacquiao’s financial status.
Salud claimed he was just having a casual talk with the reporter and that he wasn’t aware that it was already an interview.
“Wala gyud ko magtuo interview tu, istorya inamigo ba, ingon ana ba, manawag (I did not know that it was already an interview, It was a friendly conversation, a casual call),” said Salud.
The interview coincided with reports that Pacquiao is selling his LA mansion for $2.7 million.
Pacquiao, however, denied that he is going broke.
Pacquiao explained that he is selling the house because he wanted to purchase another property.
“Gusto kong bumili ng bahay sa Beverly [Hills], 'yung may gate. Open kasi 'yung bahay, nanakawan na 'yun,” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo.
Pacquiao also said in a separate interview with GMA News “24 Oras” that he hasn’t spoken to Salud for some time now.
"Hindi kami nagkwentuhan. Hindi ko na nga nakakausap 'yun," he said.