HIS prize purse may not be sufficient, but leave it to boxing legend Manny Pacquiao to provide the rest.
The eight-time world division champion rewarded newly-crowned International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Arcajas a P.5 million cash bonus following his 12-round unanimous decision win against Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo on Saturday night at the Philippine Mariner Corps gymnasium.
The 24-year-old Filipino southpaw actually just earned $3,700 (or roughly P173,000) for beating the 30-year-old Arroyo. In all Ancajas actually received a meager $2,700 minus the $1,000 sanction fee.
As his promoter, Pacquiao deemed it best to give Ancajas the reward he truly deserved.
“Kawawa naman. Ang liit ng premyo. He (Ancajas) deserves to get a bonus for bringing honor to our country,” said Pacquiao, who was personally visited by the 24-year-old world champion at his Forbes Park mansion in Makati shortly after the fight, and at his Senate office on Monday afternoon.
“He (Ancajas) had all the stuff champions are made of - humility, courage, determination and strong faith in God,” the fighting senator said.
Pacquiao actually directed one of his staffs to bring Ancajas to his office.