Pacquiao is a rarity in today’s boxing world.
Here’s a guy who never talks trash, never has a negative thing to say about an opponent and has developed a reputation for kindness bordering on the unhealthy. Or, at least, some people believe it could be unhealthy when he brings it into the ring.
Before his last fight, a rematch with Bradley of their highly controversial first affair, “Desert Storm” spent the better part of three months telling everyone who would listen that the “Pac Man” just no longer had it.
And by it he meant the killer instinct needed to compete.
He was wrong. Sure, he’s not the Pacquiao we saw buzzing through the ranks in an unprecedented run through weight classes in the mid-2000’s. But he’s still one hell of a fighter, and he’s a class act, both in the ring and out of it.
Coming from one of the poorest provinces of the Philippines, Pacquiao is known for his massive charitable work and contributions. He’s been known to help sparring partners buy homes, fund hospitals in poor areas of his country, and as recently as 2013, his promoter Bob Arum estimated that he gives between $5-10 million a year to charity.
Arum went so far as to comment that Pacquiao doesn’t live the life he could, befitting his wealth and notoriety, because he’s committed to helping people out. In the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan that caused thousands of deaths and untold financial damages to his home nation, Pacquiao cobbled together his own aid caravan and handed out food, Bibles and cash to victims.
Whatever you think of him as a fighter, there’s no denying that at heart, he’s the classiest man involved in the sport today.