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Champion boxer Manny Pacquiao builds 1,000 homes for poor Filipinos

In the world of professional sports, athletes have long recognized their roots and beginnings and have been involved in helping communities. Earning a hefty salary for doing what they love, athletes worldwide have been known to be involved in charitable causes, and indulge in philanthropic efforts. Although they put their well-being on the line in the ring, professional boxers are known to bank impressive amounts, win or lose, in world-class match-ups.

Involved in what’s said to be the ‘fight of the century’, professional boxer, Manny Pacquiao, even upon his defeat, made over $100 million and is now using his earnings towards a respectable initiative. The Philippines-native took to Facebook with the message: “I’m so happy giving this houses free to my constituents in Sarangani Province from my own pocket more than thousand families are the beneficiaries.”

Upon his major, worldwide-viewed match with Floyd Mayweather Jr, he was inspired to make a difference with his earnings. The boxer felt it was his duty to give back and recognize his roots at a time like this.

This remarkable act has now housed a thousand families in his hometown, all thanks to his heartwarming plan to make a difference. Despite the power and aggression that he exploits to the world in his boxing matches, he is a warm-hearted individual who is a man of the people.

Born into poverty himself, he recognizes the struggle and feels that it’s only right to give back from his own fortunes, to where his story began. He has always credited the people from his past for his success, and this gesture is an example of his gratitude.

 

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.