Manny Pacquiao brushes off foiled attack in LA parking lot, forgives hater
Manny Pacquiao looks ready to rumble inside the ring before his camp heads to Las Vegas, days before the third fight against Tim Bradley. Gerry Ramos

HOLLYWOOD - Manny Pacquiao simply shrugged off the commotion in an Los Angeles parking lot restaurant on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) where an unknown assailant rushed from nowhere and attempted to attack him.

The boxing great said he has forgiven the unidentified person and is ready to move on from the incident that took place seven days before his 12-round welterweight match against Tim Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"Ah, wala 'yung kahapon," said Pacquiao shortly after the final day of his LA training camp on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).

"Tinatawag niya lang ako. Wrong pronounciation lang yung pangalan ko," added the 37-year-old legend, who tried to make fun of the attack by saying the invectives yelled at him were actually just a mispronounciation of his name ('F#@ yoh, F#@ yoh).

The attack happened just when Pacquiao was about to board his Ferrari at the back parking lot of the Kabuki restaurant, where the boxing champion had lunch together with his family and friends.

Edward Lura, who was the first to foil the attempt of the assailant, described the man at being around 6-foot-3 tall and wearing a pair of jogging pants and a hooded jacket.

"I thought he was only a fan because he was shouting, 'Manny, Manny,'" said Lura, a longtime Pacquiao associate based here in L.A.

"He came so fast to Manny, that I told him, 'Hey why the rush?'" added Lura. "But then he pushed me back and so I also pushed him back away from Manny."

The man, then, shouted invectives at Pacquiao and even called Pacman a "homophobic."

The boxing star, who's running for a senate seat in the coming national elections in the Philippines, came under fire of late for his controversial comments about same-sex marriage.

But Pacquiao, who's a devoted Christian, stressed there's no hate in him despite the obvious attempt of the man to hurt him.

"When I surrendered my life to God, I have no right to condemn or hit others, to put grievance in my heart against someone," he said.

"I love them. I share and spread the truth and the Gospel which leads to salvation," Pacquiao ended.

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