The Fighter From the Philippines
In 2015 fighter Manny Pacquiao, the popular personality from the Philippines lost the “Fight of the Century” to his challenger, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Even so, he returned to his country with a paycheck of $100 million. He has since become a senator of his country. He is also one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Even so he remembers what it was like growing up in poverty.
Living A Life Of Poverty
When Manny was growing up, it was not uncommon for him to sleep in cardboard boxes. Instead of going to school, he went to work. This was to help his mother make ends meet. His mother had hoped for him to become a priest, and she raised him to be very religious.
Gives Back To His Country
After his big title fight, Manny decided he was going to help other Philippians escape a life of poverty. In 2016 he built 1,000 homes for the poor people to live in. He wrote on Facebook, “I’m so happy giving these houses free to my constituents in Sarangani Province from my own pocket – more than a thousand families are the beneficiaries.” Despite his loss to Mayweather Jr., he used much of the money to finance the new homes. After he completes his six-year term as a senator, he wants to finance more homes for the people living in poverty.
Acts Of Kindness
Manny has helped many people aside from those receiving the houses. In May 2018, he gave an ice cream vendor, living in the Philippines, a new job, and a new house. This was after he learned the man had recently suffered from a stroke. He has also supported the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s implementation of an anti-poverty program.
A Strike Against Him
Some people turned against Manny a few years back. Despite his legacy and good deeds, he caused a great deal of outrage in his country by saying that people in same-sex relationships are “worse than animals.” His comment has continued to haunt him through the years. During an interview on a Philippine network, Manny said, “It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women, they are worse than animals.” Following this incident, one of his long-time sponsors, Nike, dropped him from their endorsement deal. He later apologized entirely for what he said. He stated, “I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt.” He added, “I still stand on my belief that I’m against same-sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning L.G.B.T. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God bless you all, and I’m praying for you.”
All Have Not Given Forgiveness
Despite the good things he has done in his life, his controversial comments remain with him. Some people believe that perhaps his Catholic spirituality has shifted toward a more narrow-minded evangelical stance and that he has become ignorant of the offensive things he’s said.
People have the choice of judging the fighter in the way they choose to do so. Do the good deeds outweigh the words he spoke?