37-year-old eight-division world champion boxer and current Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao bought 1,000 homes for the poor in his hometown.
“I’m so happy giving these houses free to my constituents in the Sarangani Province from my own pocket – more than thousand families are the beneficiaries,” he posted on Facebook.
Boxing Junkie reported on the difficult childhood Pacquiao had.
Eating was never a given for Pacquiao while growing up with his dirt-poor family in the Sarangani Province in The Philippines. He quit school at the age of 10. Some days, he said, he only drank water because there was no food to be had. His family of seven lived in a cardboard shack. He left home at 15 and spent many a night on the mean streets of Manila, scrounging for food and shelter as he tried to make a career in boxing.
Much of the money used to finance the houses came from his ‘Fight of the Century’ with Floyd Mayweather on May 2, 2015. Though he lost by two judges scoring it at 116–112 and the other 118–110, he still was handsomely compensated for the highly-anticipated match.
“I have spent more than 100 million pesos (more than $2 million) on building houses for the less fortunate,” Pacquiao said.
He has been dubbed the greatest Asian boxer, the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and the second highest-paid athlete in 2015. While he finishes his six-year term as Senator, he plans on financing still more houses in his childhood hometown, reported Good News Network.
“I will never forget where I came from. I thank God for allowing me to help other people,” the former Congressman wrote on Twitter.
What this man has done to help the poor is amazing, he has not only provided shelter for people that have none, he has also created all the jobs necessary in building 1000 houses!
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)