Rep. Manny Pacquiao with Philippine president Noynoy Aquino
Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has confirmed he and wife Jinkee will be meeting US President Barack Obama on February 15 at the White House.
The meeting was made possible by Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum and his friend, US Senator Harry Reid, a party mate of President Obama.
Pacquiao has supported Sen.Reid during his recent campaign for another term representing the state of Nevada. Senator Reid is a good friend of Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum.
When asked how he feels about meeting the US president, Pacquiao said: "Of course we're excited. I've long dreamed of meeting U.S. President Obama. I will never forget this because I admire him very much."
Meanwhile, Pacquiao's wife Jinkee told PEP.ph: "I don't know what to say or do once we meet them. I might get star struck."
"As Manny's wife, I have to look presentable. For sure, First Lady Michelle Obama will wear something nice. I hope she likes what I decide to wear."
Pacquiao is scheduled to travel to the US on Wednesday to promote his upcoming fight with Shane Mosley on May 7, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The press tour will kick off at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California on Thursday. Pacquiao and Mosley, with their entourage, will cover the states of Nevada, Washington and New York to promote the upcoming fight.
After the tour, both fighters head to their respective camps for the two-month training.
Pacquiao is schedule to train in Baguio City in the Philippines for four weeks and then heads for the Wild Card Gym in California for another four weeks of training under the watchful eyes of trainer Freddie Roach.
Mosley on the other hand, will train at Big Bear mountain in California where the American boxer maintains a vacation house.