The people‚Äôs champ Manny Pacquiao is yet is again barraged with another mess.¬† This time it is about the mess regarding the legality of over the TV rights of who‚Äôs going to air his fight against Ricky Hatton on May 2, 2009.¬† Last Wednesday (March 18, 2009), Pacman made a statement over national television that he decided to transfer the airing rights of his forthcoming fight with the British champ Ricky Hatton to ABS-CBN network from Solar Entertainment Corporation.
Then 5 days after he was back again in national television to announce ‚Äúagain‚Äù that he was back with Solar Entertainment and GMA Network.¬† Well, that was really an interesting week when both networks where throwing legality on each others face of who‚Äôs really got the ‚Äúright‚Äù right.¬†¬†¬† But in the end the Solar Entertainment Corporation won the battle because Pacman has a standing contract with Solar until 2012 and he has to honor the contract to avoid further legal messes.
According to rumor mill, Pacquiao decided to pick ABS-CBN to cover his upcoming fight against Hatton because the Solar and GMA did not fulfill its financial to him.¬† Also, ABS-CBN offered more lucrative offer that would include a full-blast support to his candidacy as Congressman on Saranggani province on 2010, but according to Pacman‚Äôs spokesperson it was just a ‚Äúpurely business move‚Äù.
On his interview via phone patch from his training camp in Los Angeles, California Pacman said: ‚ÄúHumihingi ako ng paumanhin sa sinumang naabala, lalo na sa Solar at GMA, at sa lahat ng kakabayan ko na naguluhan sa desisyon ko na patalon-talon.” And on his open letter, Pacman apologize for the mess he created because of his hasty decision.¬†¬† Here‚Äôs the content of his letter:
‚ÄúAng inyo pong lingkod, si Manny Pacquiao, ay nais iparating sa lahat na matapos ang masusing pag-aaral at pagtimbang-timbang namin ng Solar Entertainment Corporation. Napatunayan na ang kontrata tungkol sa TV rights ng aking mga laban ay valid and binding, at hindi nilabag ninuman.
‚ÄúDahil po dito ay taos-puso akong humihingi ng paumanhin, kung kayo man ay naguluhan kung saan ipapalabas ang aking parating na laban kay Ricky Hatton.
‚ÄúIto po ay resulta lang ng hindi pagkakaintindihan sa pagitan ng Solar Entertainment Corporation at MP Promotions.
‚ÄúSana ay maunawaan ng lahat, at umaasa po ako sa walang tigil niyong pagsuporta at dasal sa lahat ng aking laban.
‚ÄúSimula sa araw na ito ay nais kong mag-concentrate nang husto na lang sa aking training para sa aking darating na laban ngayong Mayo Dos.
‚ÄúMaraming salamat at mabuhay po kayong lahat.‚Äù
With everything was settled and the mess were cleaned, Pacquiao said it‚Äôs time to get back to work and prepare to knockout Hatton.¬† Hatton, on the other hand, is working very hard in preparation for this fight, while Pacman is cleaning up his mess and doing some publicity stunts in preparation for his political fight on 2010.