Eight times world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is in the limelight once again but not for the good reasons. Philippine tax bureau officials filed criminal proceedings against the boxer and incumbent Sarangani representative for contempt after he allegedly refused to cooperate with an investigation into his financial affairs.
According to the officials, they were forced to issue contempt proceedings after Pacquiao failed to hand over his financial details by February 7. The documents required include Pacquiao’s 2010 annual tax return, his accounts books, his list of assets, as well as his earnings from fights against Antonio Margarito and Joshua Clottey. If the charges push through, Pacquiao could face a two-year jail term and a fine of up to £180.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao denied the allegations and said that he don’t have any intention to evade the investigation. He also asked for more time to review the order.
Another issue the WBO welterweight beltholder is facing in the Philippines is his alleged involvement with former head of the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group, Mohammad “Bong” Akia, who is being associated with a stolen car racket.
According to a report by journalist Edwin Espejo, Akia was last seen on a flight from Manila to General Santos City several weeks ago and allegedly stayed in Pacquiao’s luxury residence while being hunted by authorities. Akia is being hunted for his alleged sale of a stolen vehicle, one of 26 cars retrieved by police. Pacquiao responded by filing libel charges against Espejo.
Aside from fulfilling his congressional duties and preparing for his upcoming fight with WBO junior welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Pacquiao is also busy sharing the word of God. In a recent meeting with the clergy of the four dioceses in Mindanao, priests and bishops were impressed by the fighter’s knowledge of the sacred scripture.