Pacquaio handing stacks of money to People in General Santos City "Down to Earth Personality"

Few days after Manny Pacquiao's controversial boxing fight against Australian boxer Jeff Horn in the latter's home country, Brisbane, Australia, a video of Pacquiao has gone viral on social media.



A live video was uploaded on his official Facebook page, where he is personally handing stacks of money to kids in his hometown, General Santos City. The video

Despite his wealth and popularity from his boxing career, Pacquiao still maintained a down-to-earth personality.

Watch the video below:

The viral video has accummulated over 5 million views, more than 230,000 reactions and almost 70,000 shares on Facebook.

Pacquaio's good deed has earned several praises from people in social media, not only fellow Filipinos but also from some foreigners.

Thomas Evans, who commented that Floyd Mayweather will never be seen giving away his money.

"You'll never see Floyd Mayweather do this with his Money Way to Go God Bless," he commented.

Three Australians also reacted to the video. Shane Tails Taylor, who said Pacquiao should go back to Australia and knock Jeff Horn out.

"What a champion helping people in need you won the fight champ thats coming from a Aussie come back to Australia and knock him out  πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Š."

Other comments were:

"I'm Australian and ur a real fighter best there ever is .." - Anthon Harman

"True people's champion right there πŸ‘ŒπŸΏI'm Australian and I know you won the fight so does the rest of the world Love you manny." - Geoff Croaker

A Mexican guy also commented, quoting a Bibile verse for Pacman.

""He who gives to the poor will not need, but he who closes his eyes will have many curses." 1 Corinthians 13: 3. God bless you and your whole family, greetings from Monterrey nuevo leΓ³n mexico" Alejandro Morales.


HUMBLE JOURNEY FROM RAGS to RICHES

The 8-division boxing champion Manny Pacquaio and now serving as one the Philippines' incumber senator came from rags to riches.

In 1990, boxing was introduced to the 12-year old Manny Pacquiao by his maternal uncle.

"If it wasn't for me, there would be no world champion Manny Pacquiao," says the 69-year-old, Sardo Mejia.

Pacquiao wrote on his autobiography that he is deeply indebted to hus uncle, Mejia. "I knew without a doubt I would become a fighter," he writes. "I knew that the underdog can, and often does, win."

"For Uncle Sardo, it was the ultimate blessing that his little nephew shared his favourite hobby," Pacquiao writes. "Even though he had no formal training, we both took it seriously and knew that we were going to be champions one day."

Mejia turned one of his home's room into a gym for his young nephew trainee. The young money then moved in with his uncle to train.

"When he started, he had no muscle on him at all and I couldn't see him ever becoming a fighter," recalls Mejia. "Then, after I trained him for six months, I said to myself: 'This boy is going to be a world champion'."

"He always had great self-discipline," says Mejia. "He learned everything so fast. He practised all the time and he would get up at 4am to go jogging.



"I used to go out and rent videotapes of Mike Tyson fights and show them to him. He picked up the tactics so quickly. At first his mother didn't want her son to be a boxer. She said, 'I want him to be a priest.' But Manny told me he wanted to become a boxer because his family was very poor. He had no money to study in school or college."

Pacquiao has already established himself as the best junior boxer in the Southern part of the country.

Before his career ascended, the young boxer wannabe lived with his parents and siblings in a single-room shack in Tango. His father, Rosalio, is struggles to feed his family by gathering as many coconuts he can.

Manny would always go with one of his uncle, Benito Bequilla for fishing. Bequilla recalled the time when Pacquiao's family couldn't even afford to eat rice.

"Manny is just the same as he always was. He has never forgotten us. God has given Manny all the love and the grace. He always cares for his family and his relatives. I think the world of this man. We are all so proud of him."

"When he comes to visit, we go fishing together for a few hours. Even though he is a famous man and a busy congressman as well, he never forgets. This is his home and he loves to come back here," Bequilla says. "Manny will come to the village and he will take me to one side and whisper in my ear, 'Uncle, I'll give you 15,000 pesos [HK$2,625]', or 'I'll give you 20,000 pesos'.

"When they were growing up, Manny and his family used to collect stale bread and heat it up to sell. They were very poor but we always helped each other. If they had no rice and we had rice, we would share our rice with them."

Pacquiao knows where he came from. He basically emerged from a slump and head on faced a tough life as he grew up. From there, he never forgets to look back to the place he came from and the people who were always there to help and guide him.

That's a true champion there.


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