Money matters as Manny fights in order to give back
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 27, 2016 12:43 PM
"Galing ako sa mahirap, kaya nararamdaman ko ang nararamdaman nila, kaya tinutulungan ko sila." - Manny Pacquiao on giving back
When Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement from the world of professional boxing earlier this year, a lot of his fans though that it was just right.
At 37 years of age, Manny was - whether we'd like to admit or not - no longer at the top of the boxing world like he used to be a couple of years ago.
It looked like he was ready to move into a whole new arena, as he won a seat in the Philippine Senate, and made good on his promise to become a more active lawmaker.
So when it was announced last August that Pacman would be coming out of his very brief retirement to re-enter the boxing ring, many were a little less than pleased to hear the news.
One of the questions that was commonly asked is why would Pacquiao still want to compete, given his age and his many other responsibilities.
Someone who knows Manny very well, Top Rank promotions CEO Bob Arum, might have a pretty good answer.
"What keeps Manny Pacquiao fighting is the money." Arum told ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles.
It might sound like a very shallow reason, but Arum further explained that the money that Pacquiao was making wasn't all going to the legendary Pinoy boxer.
"Why is the money important? You can't build thousands of homes for poor people in the Philippines out of thin air. Most of Manny Pacquiao's money goes to charity, that's why he's fighting."
Pacquiao himself admitted that the money has a lot to do with it.
"Lahat ng pera na income ko, kinikita ko sa boxing career ko. Halos kalahati nun binibigay ko sa taongbayan, tinutulong ko."
"Why do that, then?" One may ask, to which the eight-division world champion has a respons as well.
"Galing ako sa mahirap, kaya nararamdaman ko ang nararamdaman nila, kaya tinutulungan ko sila."
Pacquiao is set to make another mult-million dollar payday for his upcoming title bout against Jessie Vargas, but beyond that, he isn't losing sight of the bigger, more prestigious reward: to once again become a world champion.
"The reason I am here, I want to make a record again. The first time as an active senator and a boxer. Especially if i win the fight I'll become a champion again."
Manny Pacquiao meets Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight championship on Saturday, November 5 (Sunday, November 6, Manila time) at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
with a report from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN