President Rodrigo Duterte hopes Manny Pacquiao will stop Jessie Vargas in just four rounds.
Duterte, a friend and a fan of the Filipino boxing superstar, believes Pacquiao can knock out Jessie Vargas if he is aggressive and fast in the early part of their fight.
Hindi naman ako boxing expert, but I hope if it does happen, sana madalian, said the President during a press conference in Davao City after visiting his parents graves at the Davao Public Cemetery.
(I'm no boxing expert, but I hope if it does happen, it should be in the early rounds).
Kasi if it goes beyond seven to eight [rounds], pagod na iyan. Wala na masyadong [lakas]. I hope he can do it within the first four rounds. Masapol ni Manny iyan, knock down iyan.
(If it goes beyond seven to eight rounds, he could tire out. He might lose his punching power. I hope he can do it within the first four rounds. Manny can hit him, knock him down.)
Duterte said Pacquiao was always good to him even before the latter became a global superstar.
He said that while he was still Davao City mayor, Pacquiao always offered him a couple of tickets for him to watch the fight live abroad.
Every time he fights, he always say, May dalawang ticket ako Mayor para sa yo. Magkaibigan na kami niyan kahit hindi pa sya sikat, said Duterte. (Every time he fights, he would always say, I have two tickets for you, Mayor. We've been friends even before he became popular.)
Duterte said he had no choice but to turn down Pacquiao's offer because he was too busy at work.
Sinabi ko naman wala akong panahon, wala pa akong pera noon. Sabi ko magdasal na lang ako… I’ll pray for you, said Duterte.
I always pray for him… alam ni Manny yan.
(I told him, I don't have time and I have no money to spend to go watch the fight abroad. I told him, I'll pray for you. I always pray for him, Manny knows that.)