Manny Pacquiao 'Not Afraid To Die' Defending Philippines During Coronavirus Pandemic
Manny Pacquiao has said he is 'not afraid to die' serving the Philippines amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The boxing legend entered the political arena in 2010 and is currently a senator in his country.
He of course made his name as a formidable fighter and it seems he has brought this courage and resilience to politics.
Explaining his willingness to sacrifice everything for his nation, he told the Manila Bulletin: "If you are a leader, you have to be a front-liner.
"You have to lead people and let people see that you are with them. I grew up poor. I know what they feel."
The 41-year-old has helped provide 50,000 testing kits through his foundation and has used his own funds to donate five buses to transport healthcare workers around the capital Manila, according to Stuff.
On top of this, he also donated 600,000 face masks to front-liners fighting the disease, according to ABS-CBN.
View this post on InstagramWe're excited to announce the Jack Ma Foundation, in partnership with @PacquiaoFoundation is pledging 50,000 test kits to combat COVID-19 in the Philippines. With everything that's happening around the world today, there is no better time to unite and do whatever we can to help each other. Thank you @JackMaFoundation for this generous donation! :flag_ph::fist: #PacquiaoFoundation #MannysCorner #JackMaFoundation
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The Philippines currently has 462 cases of coronavirus with 33 deaths, and in light of the pandemic, Pacquiao has put his boxing career on hold.
His last bout was in July 2019 when he beat the previously undefeated Keith Thurman via split decision to capture the WBA's super welterweight title in Las Vegas. This victory meant that at the start of this year he became the first boxer in history to be a world champion across four decades.
He had been strongly linked with a showdown with former four-division champion Mikey Garcia, but any prospective fight is now on the back-burner.
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