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“When I started fighting professionally (in 1995), every time I saw poor people sleeping in the streets, it made me think that one day I hoped I could help them,” he says.
Oftentimes, as he walks the streets, Pacquiao doles out cash.
“He can’t shake his past, even if he is earning millions,” says Nick Giongco, a reporter for the Manila Bulletin who has known the fighter for more than 15 years. “He knows he came from nothing. He knows what it is like to be poor, to beg for food and money. In the Philippines, you cannot afford to forget your roots.”
Pacquiao will wear yellow boxing gloves in the Mosley fight to symbolize “unity and hope to end poverty.” His trainer says his biggest concern is that his fighter “just might give it all way. He is that good of a guy,” Roach says. “I hope it never happens.”