Boxer Manny Pacquiao said Thursday that he was “alarmed” when it was learned that the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf wanted to kidnap and possibly kill him. Pacquiao is currently running to become a senator in the Philippines.
“I’m surprised because all the Filipinos are my friends,” Pacquiao told the Philippine network ABS-CBN, via the Los Angeles Times. “I love them, especially the Muslims … I doubt [the threat] but I’m not ignoring it. I live my life like every day is the last so I have no fear. God is with me.”
Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for the beheading of a Canadian hostage and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III claims that “the group wanted to explode bombs in metropolitan Manila to try and get funding from the Islamic State group.” (According to the AP).
Pacquiao says he is now retired from boxing. The boxing legend has been involved in plenty of controversies this year. In February sponsors like Nike dropped him when he said that same-sex couples were “worse than animals.”