Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday denied owing unpaid taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the US, claiming the latest controversy he has found himself in is the handiwork of people who are "out to destroy my name."
The former eight-division world champion said a report by entertainment website TMZ.com that the IRS is going after him for unpaid taxes totalling US$18.5 million from 2006 to 2010 is not true, saying his promoter Bob Arum makes sure he is taxed for all his earnings in the US.
“Bayad na ni Bob [Arum] lahat yun [taxes].
"Kinakaltas yun. Diretso sa IRS yun.
"Sa bawat laro ko andun ang IRS, nakatutok sila. Inaabot ni Arum yung tax,” he said.
Pacquiao said the report is no different from another recent newspaper story claiming he is a US green card holder—a claim which the ring icon has since proven to be false.
The Sarangani congressman said he sees a pattern from all the "lies" being thrown at him.
“May mga talagang gusto lang sumira sa akin. Kitang kita naman ’yun. Biro mo dati green card [nilabas nila], hindi naman totoo yung green card,” he said.
Asked who he feels are the people out to destroy his name, Pacquiao said: “Ayoko nang sabihin … pulitiko kasi ako!”
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