Despite his high-profile loss to adversary Floyd Mayweather Jr. earlier this year, Manny Pacquiao continues to display class inside and outside the ring, and what a big difference it makes when contrasted with Mayweather's antics.
Boxing News Online reports what the two fighters were up to last week. Pacquiao donated USD 50,000 to a cancer charity organization when he walked the charity walk for the Cancer Patient Care Society in the United Arab Emirates while Mayweather posted a video online showing one of his staple parties where he throws money at scantily-clad women.
Most will recall the way Pacquiao was bruised and beaten during the controversial fight in Las Vegas early May this year. It was billed the "Fight of The Century", with returns pegged at 4.6 million buys equating to a USD 437 million revenue. All eyes were on Pacquiao, but the results, to say the least, were humiliating and disappointing.
Nevertheless, Pacquiao, in keeping with the character, remained true to his faith. Immediately after losing out to Mayweather's dirty moves inside the ring, Pacquiao kept his word and reached out to invite his ringside enemy to a Bible study at his residence. (Mayweather could not be reached.)
It seems, in this case, Pacquiao, ended up the real winner after all. The UK Telegraph reports that barely two months after he won the bout against the world's greatest fighter, Mayweather was stripped of the world welterweight title for failing to comply with the World Boxing Organization's rules in vacating the junior middleweight title that he also held.
Mayweather earned over USD 200 million alone from the fight, which also generated a record pay-per-view revenue of USD 400 million in the US, despite many not being convinced that he won fair and square.
Meanwhile, for fans who are looking forward to the rematch between Pacquiao and Mayweather on April 9, 2016, the forecasts remain controversial for both fighters who have declared this match to be their last.
The Boxing Buzz reports that Pacquiao, who had revealed his intentions to retire, has just provided a motive for Bob Arum to get the "torch passed on" to a young fighter who is being targeted to take his place. The report says, given his history in the industry, "Arum very rarely lets a star leave his stable undamaged and with his full legacy intact."
This shows a marked contrast in Money-Mouthed Mayweather, whom Oscar De La Hoya believes will not retire after fighting against the Pacman in April next year. The International Business Times quotes Oscar De La Hoya, as saying, "I strongly believe that he will fight a few more times."