Manny Pacquiao Playboy: Champ Adds to Money Drama by Admitting to Cock Fighting

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Singer Dan Hill (L) and professional Boxer Manny Pacquiao (pictured) sing during Pacquiao's press conference for his World Welterweight Championship Fight with Juan Manuel Marquez at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on September 6, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao just opened up a whole new can of drama with an admission of rooster fighting in a recent interview for Playboy.

Pacquiao is certainly no stranger to drama, but he may be taking it to a new level now.

 

Financial Drama

Pacquiao was reportedly in deep trouble with his taxes last year. TMZ reported that Pacquiao is being sued for $649,016.95 by his former accountants.

The accountants claim that Pacquiao hired them to help him with tax issues that "seriously affected [his] ability to fight."

They claim they not only straightened up his money problems, but loaned him money to help do so.

 

Rooster Fighting

While dealing with the above lawsuit and preparing for his next fight, Pacquiao gave an exclusive interview to Playboy. The issue with Pacquiao's interview is not going to hit the stands until November, but opposingviews.com released some of the highlights. 

Among those highlights, opposingviews claims, "Pacquiao admitted that he was a fan of raising and fighting roosters. He professed a certain admiration for the way the birds train and 'have so much fight' in their hearts."

 

Added Drama for Pacquiao

This admission by Pacman is going to draw lots of heat. He either was just not thinking, didn't care, or had never heard of Michael Vick.

While Pacquiao is not subject to the same laws as Vick, since this likely took place in his native Philippines, he is still very much subject to the same harsh public reaction.

This is going to cost Pacquiao fans, and that is going to cost him endorsements, and that is going to cost him money. Money he apparently cannot afford to lose.