In addition to being a professional boxer, Manny Pacquiao is senator in the Philippines, and regularly helps the needy with his foundation. So it was natural for him to help as much as he could in this critical situation.
His foundation with Jack Ma’s foundation, they bought 50,000 coronavirus tests and 700,000 face masks from China, and bought five buses to help transport health workers to the most densely populated areas of Manila.
He is not only financially, but also through his personal presence, he strives to support and reassure people. It is important that people do not panic and start looting the streets in the event of a food shortage. It is important that they can help the poorer. He trusts that his personal appearance will make people on the streets listen to him, and he doesn’t even care that he may be infected.
“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.” – Pacquiao said to the Manila Bulletin.
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, many boxing event have been postponed and Pacquiao’s return in July is likely to be delayed. In addition, he is adjusting his boxing fights to his senatorial duties, so it’s not impossible that he won’t fight in this year. Now, this is not the primary one for him.