ALLYSON Felix is one of the world’s top female sprinters, with four Olympic gold medals as well as countless other accolades from premier international competitions under her belt.
And she has a few things in common with Filipino boxing pride Manny Pacquiao.
Apart from being fellow Nike endorsers, the 27-year-old American track star and Pacquiao have the same passion to compete in their respective sport.
Both athletes also rely on their speed: hands for Pacquiao and Felix’s feet.
“I love his style, just being such a competitor,” Felix, who was in town on Tuesday as part of her three-city Southeast Asian tour, said of the only eight-division world boxing champion.
Felix said he has worked with Pacquiao in other Nike campaigns and has known the Sarangani solon as “very down-to-earth and very kind.”
She even likes Pacquiao’s prospects of snapping his two-fight skid against Brandon Rios on November 24.
“I think he has a very good chance,” said Felix, answering questions with a smile.
For her own career, the 5-foot-6 Los Angeles, California-born and raised sprinter, who competes in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter events, is focused on the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
And the competitive nature is what she feels will again separate her from the rest.
“The biggest thing is just being competitive. I’ve always liked to win,” said Felix, whose three gold medals in the 2012 Olympiad are the most a female track athlete has won since 1988.
Felix is also glad that road running, although different from her sport, is booming in the Philippines.
“I think it’s really cool that the running culture here is really getting bigger and bigger,” she said. “I encourage them to keep doing it, make it social, get out there and do it with a friend, make it a family affair.”