WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is helping fellow Filipino boxer Z. Gorres by holding a fund-raising dinner in the US to raise funds for the fallen boxer.
Gorres, won over Luis Melendez of Colombia in their 10-round bout in November by unanimous decision, went through an emergency brain surgery in November.
The Filipino fighter suffered a left straight punch to the temple from Melendez in the 10th round which caused a blood clot in his brain. Gorres was recently discharged from a hospital in Las Vegas after undergoing second brain surgery.
He was reported to be recuperating in a friend's house in the US. Because of the surging hospital bills of the Filipino boxer, doctors at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas volunteered their services for free. Gorres’ trainer, Tony Martin, sent a call for help to the Philippines’ most famous boxer, pound-for-pound king and 7-division champion Manny Pacquiao.
“Manny, if you’re watching, take time out from what you are doing in the Philippines right now. Just take one hour of your time to visit UMC [where] a fellow countryman and a fellow boxer [is] and say ‘how are you?’ That’s all we require,” Martin pleaded.
Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz said in a press conference that all proceeds will be given to Gorres to help him rebuild his life. He added that they are aiming to raise $500,000 for Gorres.
(original article appeared @ Digital Journal )