DESPITE the excitement and hype surrounding his mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao still finds ways to remain humble.
A report from Yahoo Sports mentioned that Pacquiao occasionally helps a cook in the small Thai restaurant beside the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles where he trains.
Tina Ribakun, the owner of Nat's Thai resto that is located in the same strip mall as the Wild Card Gym, said the eight-time world champion is a frequent guest when he’s in town and would even go to the kitchen to lend her a helping hand with the dishes.
"He's so nice and so humble. Everybody around here loves him because he's so good to everybody," Ribakun said even as a throng of media and fans gather outside trainer Freddie Roach’s gym to catch a glimpse of the Filipino boxing champion.
Pacquiao has always had a soft spot for the poor; he used to be one of them.
"I can give honor to my country [by boxing] and boxing of course is how I help my family. And I can help others, too. I know the feeling you have inside when you have nothing. I can understand what it feels like to be poor and to have nothing, because I was that way,” Pacquiao said.
"And so now, I can do things to help people because of what boxing has done for me," he added.
"When you were there, when you had nothing, you don't forget that," he said. "I came from [extreme poverty] and I've never forgotten where I came from."
The congressman from Sarangani also doesn’t forget time with his family, who accompanied him in the US. He shared a photo of his two sons with NBA MVP candidate Stephen Curry, thanking the Golden State Warriors star on social media for his time.
The Pacman was recently a guest of actor and A-List host Mario Lopez on Extra in Universal Studios. He was also featured by broadcast journalist Katie Couric in a report.