Manny Pacquiao has once again showed his world class attitude, this time outside the ring.
Pacquiao who is embarking on another milestone in his life by turning 30 years-old on Wednesday, invited his former foes for his well prepared birthday bash at his hometown, in General Santos City.
Among those invited are Marco Antonio Barrera, Eric Morales, David Diaz, his recent victim Oscar de la Hoya, and including Juan Manuel Marquez, who disrespected the Pacman in front of the boisterous crowd of Filipinos in the Philippines, several months ago.
If you recalled JMM went to the Philippines to watch the fight of WBO Super Bantamweight Gerry Peñaloza and his Thai opponent Sor Vorapin, at the Areneta Coliseum. Marquez lost to Pacman on a split decision on March, and was not contented with the result.
JMM was warmly welcomed by the thousands in attendance but despite of it responded the crowd with a disrespectful manner by insulting Pacman who was considered as a national treasure in his local soil. JMM was even challenged Pacman atop the ring that very day, but the Filipino icon who is gentleman in and out the ring just smiled at him and say will do it some other day.
The act of JMM forced an international beer company in the country to cancel the commercial where he was supposed to be the endorser. With that he screwed the millions of peso in contract.
But for Pacquiao, that incident is already a water under the bridge. He already let off Marquez despite of the harsh talks thrown against him by this Mexican fighter. What a classy and professional act Pacquiao has again showed to the boxing world.
For him, its all about business atop the ring, nothing personal and just doing his job as boxer, is his constant reminders to the boxing world. With the invitation to his former foes is a showcase of sportmanship and to all boxing fans that his respects to this greats are incomparable.
And come to think it will be an honor for the Filipino people to have this future Hall of Famers in the country. So to all of you guys, we are looking forward to see you on this grandest occasion of the Pacman.