LOS ANGELES – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has endeared himself even to American fans.
Despite beating a number of US fighters in his last of fights and facing yet another one in Floyd Mayweather Jr. two weeks from now, the 36-year-old boxing superstar remains well-liked here owing to his humble and mild-mannered ways.
“He’s always accommodating and has a ready smile for everyone,” a US immigration officer told Spin.ph photographer Jerome Ascano after learning he’ll be here to chronicle boxing’s highly-anticipated showdown during a brief interview upon arriving a the Los Angeles International Airport Saturday night (Sunday Manila time).
Pacquiao has won over Brandon Rios, Tim Bradley, and Chris Algieri in his last three bouts, and is set for a mega-showdown against Mayweather, 38, on May 3 (Manila time), at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The official added Pacquiao likewise always makes it a point to shake hands and greet everybody at the immigration lines whenever he arrives in the US for a fight or a vacation.
“He don’t have any superstar complex and that’s what makes him very appealing to people,” Ascano quoted the US immigration official as saying.
Unfortunately, such can’t be said of other celebrities, be it Americans or not.