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    Pacquiao gives away US$20,000 in prize money as he hosts darts tournament for friends

    Dec 3, 2012

    HOLLYWOOD - And on the final Sunday of training, Manny Pacquiao rested.

    Taking it easy before departing for Las Vegas the day after, the legendary Filipino boxer decided to host a darts tournament among his friends and staff at his Palazzo apartment in the afternoon.

    Again showing his generous side, the 33-year-old Pacquiao offered close to US$20,000 (around P820,000) in prize money, with the champion receiving the top purse of US$2,500 (around P10,250).

    Around 30 people participated in the special event, with the losers receiving a consolation prize of US$50.

    “Para lang ma-relax,” said Pacquiao of the competition that replaced the previous weight-loss contest he regularly holds for the same people in previous training camps.

    Bobby Pacquiao topped Class A, Roger `Haplas' Fernandez ruled Class B, while former boxer Reynante Jamili was champion in Class C. All of them received the top prize of $2,500 each.

    The eight-time division champion himself is a mean darts player, who once sponsored a P1 million darts tournament for top players back home.

    Pacquiao had all the time to oversee the meet as no training was scheduled every Sunday. He also shelved an earlier plan to do some road work owing to a slight morning drizzle.

    Instead, he just went to Sunday church service, went back to his apartment, and took a short nap before spending the rest of the day having some good time in the company of his close friends.

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