Manny Pacquiao still undecided on Miss Universe judging gig

Miss Universe 2012 1st runner-up Janine Tugonon and Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP)

Saranggani representative Manny Pacquiao has not yet accepted the invitation to judge the 63rd Miss Universe pageant in Doral-Miami, Florida on January 25.

“Wala pa. Invited lang ako,” said Pacquiao in a report by InterAksyon, contrary to earlier reports that the Pinoy boxing champ has already confirmed participation in the event.

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum revealed in an interview with Gareth Davies of The Telegraph that Pacquio will be a judge in Miss Universe.

“The only thing we’re planning with Pacquiao (early in 2015) is that he’s going to be a judge at one of these beauty contests – Miss World or Miss Universe, the one in Miami, in January,” Arum was quoted as saying.

Other Filipinos who had been part of the board of judges of Miss Universe were 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz and diplomat Carlos P. Romulo (1974), fashion designer Josie Natori (1989), singer Kuh Ledesma (1991), media mogul Emilio Yap (1994), and world-renowned theater sensation Lea Salonga (2011).

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