Manny Pacquiao Open to Visiting 'Brother in Christ' Floyd Mayweather in Jail

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    Filipino congressman and boxer Manny Pacquiao, the evening's guest host, poses at the North American premiere of the Filipino film "The Road" at the Arclight Hollywood Theater in Los Angeles May 9, 2012.
By Christine Thomasos, Christian Post Reporter
June 29, 2012|3:36 pm

Manny Pacquiao may be considered a rival of fellow boxer Floyd Mayweather after years of public feuding over a fight that has yet to be scheduled, but the Filipino Christian congressman recently spoke about visiting his fellow pugilist in jail.

Pacquiao, 33-year-old Christian boxer, said he was open to the idea of visiting Mayweather, who is currently serving a three-month jail sentence stemming from domestic violence charges.

"I'm open [to the idea], I would [consider it]," Pacquiao said about visiting Mayweather in a Boxing Scene report. "He is my brother in Christ and I pray for him that everything will be fine."

Although the two have not been friendly over the years with accusations of drug use and lawsuits being filed, Pacquiao seems to have let bygones be bygones recently. The Filipino fighter told the press that he is also praying for 35-year-old Mayweather.

"I'm praying for him. I'm not treating him as my opponent, my enemy or anything," Pacquiao revealed before his fight against Bradley. "I'm treating him as my friend, my brother. I'm praying for him that all things will be fine for him."

While fans have been waiting for the pair to face one another in a boxing ring, World Boxing Council (WBC) president Jose Sulaiman recently said that he would attempt to bring the bout into fruition.

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"Take it for sure I will do my best as this is the top fight the world wants to see," Sulaiman told the Manila Standard recently. "[Mayweather] respects the organization and is a friend. So are some of his representatives."

Pacquiao has also reportedly been more vocal about wanting the fight with his famed promoter Bob Arum. Although the Filipino fighter has spoken about retirement earlier this year, he has a vested interest in fighting Mayweather for his children.

"My kids request me: 'Dad, I want you to retire, but before, you have to fight Mayweather and beat him,'" Pacquiao said in the ESPN report last February.


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