"Manny believes that's part of the higher purpose because once he gives it away, he believes God will replenish it," his promoter said.
If you have ever watched Manny Pacquiao in the ring, then you must know that he is considered one of the best boxers in recent times. All in all, he is a complete rockstar. Pacquiao has won 12 major world titles and many other awards and at one point, it almost seemed like he was almost unbeatable in the ring.
The boxer had to fight his way through a lot of hardships to get where he is today. He grew up in a very poor family in the Sarangani Province in the Philippines and was forced to drop out of school when he was just 10 years old.
As reported by USA Today, the famed boxer would often sleep at night without even eating anything.
Having a full meal was always a privilege for the entire family. Even though he has become famous and successful now, he has never forgotten the hardships he went through.
Now he has become a senator and is determined to give back to society's less fortunate. He said, "I feel what they're feeling because I've been there. I've slept in the street. That was my life before. So hard. That's why I feel what they're feeling right now."
In an effort to give back to society, the boxer decided to build 1,000 houses for the homeless in his hometown, Sarangani Province. Because of his generous act, the taxpayers now don't have to worry about Pacquiao's decision as he paid for the project with his personal money.
Following his match with Floyd Mayweather Junior in 2015, Pacquiao walked away with $1.5 million and he decided to use the prize money for a charitable cause.
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After winning the money, he bought plots of lands and generously distributed them across the needy. Talking about the philanthropic nature, his promoter, Bob Arum spoke about scores of people lining up in front of his Philippines home to collect the money Pacquiao distributed.
Back in 2010, Arum said, "He sits in front of his house giving money away to people; they go for blocks. I've seen it. Food and money. He believes that's part of the higher purpose because once he gives it away, he believes God will replenish it."
When Pacquiao was just 14 years old, his mother was already a single parent and she could no longer support the family. Since then, he struggled on the streets of Manila and managed to become a professional boxer despite all odds.
In an interview with China Daily, he said, "I became a fighter because I had to survive. I had nothing. I had no one to depend on except myself. I realized that boxing was something I was good at, and I trained hard so that I could keep myself and my family alive."
When people call him one of the greatest boxers of all time, he always reminds them what a difficult journey it has been for him. He said, "Many of you know me as a legendary boxer, and I'm proud of that. However, that journey was not always easy. When I was younger, I became a fighter because I had to survive. I had nothing. I had no one to depend on except myself. I realized that boxing was something I was good at, and I trained hard so that I could keep myself and my family alive."
After he became one of the most recognized boxers in the world, he realized that he can make a difference in this world.
He added, "As I went around my country, I realized there were so many people who need help, who look up to me for inspiration. That was when I took on the bigger fight, the bigger challenge of becoming a public servant. And because of their trust and confidence, I now represent my people's interests as a senator."