One of the world’s greatest boxers, Manny Pacquiao, celebrates his 37th birthday today. Born on this date in 1978 in the Phillipines to a poor family, Pacquiao literally fought his way out of the slums to become one of the most feared fighters of this generation. Launching his popularity during his title bouts with Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Pacquiao is the polar opposite of his most famous competitor. While Pretty Boy Floyd is infamous for making it rain on the strippers, Pac Man put his wealth back into the low income community that made him the man he is today.
For the Pacquiao’s born day, TheSource.com has compiled some of Pac Man’s most recognized philanthropic movements in his homeland as well as abroad.
1. Mindanao Typhoon Recovery
2. Pacquiao Named Habitat Hero Ambassador For HFH Philippines
3. Offers Free Housing To Hometown Residents
Manny returned to Barangay Tango in Glan, Sarangani, the Filipino village where he grew up, to offer free housing to the impoverished people who currently reside there. The project will benefit an estimated 94 families and cost the pugilist over $2 million. The boxer told his constituents that they would be allowed to live for free but that they must help build their own houses.
4. Donates One million Pesos To GenSan Hospital Every Fight
5. Manny Pacquiao owns a lottery outlet for the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, but this isn’t just a regular lottery outlet. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office is actually the charity arm of the government, which means that a lot of money that is made from the lottery is put to good use. The money is often reinvested back into public services, such as health care and welfare, and it wouldn’t be as successful without Manny Pacquiao’s name attached to it.