Manny Pacquiao a good will ambassador
By John F. McKenna (McJack): In addition to being widely regarded as the best Pound for Pound fighter in the world and a huge Pay Per View (PPV) draw against whoever he fights, WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KO’s) is a good will ambassador for boxing.
The “Pacman” is not only a good will ambassador in his native Philippine’s, the Filipino Icon’s influence extends all over the globe. Part of what makes Manny the attraction that he has become is his humility and his willingness to give back to the community from which he came.
Manny was homeless in his poverty stricken country as a youth and he is the first one to acknowledge that the poor people of the Philippines are his people. He has repeated over and over again that he never wants to forget where he came from.
In Sarangani Province where Manny is now a congressman there is a population of over 400,000 people and not a single hospital to serve the people. It is Pacquiao’s dream to build a hospital in every town in Sarangani. The Aquino administration provided the capital to jump start the building of a hospital in the provincial capital of Alabel. Manny has promised to get the medical equipment needed for the hospital, which is now under construction.
Pacquiao’s humanitarian work has not gone unnoticed in the rest of the world and he has become a beacon for people who want to contribute to his cause.
Much of Pacquiao’s appeal is his genuine humility. With “Pacman” what you see is what you get. There is none of the boorish trash talk and smack talk that has become the norm in boxing. Instead with Manny Pacquiao you get this humble man who, while he is supremely confident in his fistic ability, still retains his dignity. What a breath of fresh air. And isn’t ironic that in the twilight of his career he has become the world wide figure that kids everywhere want to emulate.
On November 12 Pacquiao will be stepping into the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to square off against Mexican Legend WBO/WBA/The Ring Lightweight Champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KO’s). At that point Pacquiao will have transformed back into the fighter who has won every award imaginable. Fans will come in droves to see this fantastic fighter, who also happens to be a humble human being.