Pacquiao earned over $150 million for his highly-anticipated 2015 ‘Fight of the Century’ against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Anna Pacquiao is a world boxer, Philippine senator and one of the highest paid athletes in the world.
Growing up in poverty, Pacquiao slept on cardboard boxes and often quit school to work to help his mother make ends meet. The future professional boxer was also very religious; his mother wanted him to become a priest.
So when Pacquiao was fighting poverty, he decided to give up. In 2016, Pacquiao paid out of pocket for 1,000 houses built for the poor in his hometown.
“I am glad that I can freely give these houses to my constituents in Sarangani province from my own pocket – the beneficiary is over a thousand families” – he wrote on Facebook.
Despite losing the “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather Jr., anticipated in 2015, Pacquiao earned over $ 150 million per match and allocated a large amount of money to finance homes.
He supported the implementation of the poverty eradication program by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. In fact, there is a welfare state in the Philippines that is called “Manny Pacquiao” because of the charity he did.
In May 2018, it was reported that after talking to a Philippines ice cream seller named Mang Marciano, Pacquiao learned that Marciano had recently suffered a stroke. Pacquiao gave him money and later provided him with work and home.
Unfortunately, his good deeds were violated by his anti-gay rhetoric. In February 2016, he provoked indignation in the Philippines, saying that people in same-sex marriages are “inferior to animals,” and added, “Have you seen any animal maintaining relationships between men and men and women?”
Nike, a Pacquiao sponsor for eight years, has abandoned him from a deal of support.
He apologized shortly thereafter, but not for what he said.
“I’m sorry about everyone who was hurt by my comparison of homosexuals (homosexuals) with animals … It was my mistake. Please, forgive me who I hurt, “he said in a statement.
However, he added: “But this does not change my attitude towards same-sex marriages. I believe it. Comparing gays with animals is my only mistake. “
It was also reported that both the Filipino and US tax authorities investigated Pacquiao regarding unpaid taxes, but his lawyers contested this by claiming he was asked to pay double tax in the United States and the Philippines.
Despite all his good deeds, the free boxer is still under the microscope lately. Many were concerned that Pacquiao’s Catholic spirituality had changed into a more limited evangelical attitude and that he did not know the offensive things he said and did.