Popular boxer Manny Pacquiao played Santa Claus in downtown Los Angeles Sunday by giving away Turkeys and pies to the poor and his fans as well as his supporters who are preparing for thanksgiving celebrations in the US.
After attending a Sunday mass at the Westside Shepherd of the Hills Church along Wilshire Blvd. Pacquiao was seen on a parked truck full of Turkeys and pies parked on a side street in downtown Los Angeles as he led the distribution of the goodies to the people who showed up to receive the early thanksgiving gifts.
Photos of the parked truck and the people awaiting their turns in receiving the gifts from the Filipino boxing star were posted by Boxing Scene here.
"It’s nothing new for Pacquiao, who did the same while he trained in the US for one of his previous fights. Back home, he is known for giving away millions in cash to the poor," ABS-CBN writes.
Back home in the Philippines, Pacquiao had given away expensive watches to his colleagues in the House of Representatives, where he is a member representing the lone district of Sarangani.
Pacquiao is on his first term as an elected congressman and running for reelection unopposed for the second time. His lovely wife, Jinkee is running for vice-governor of Sarangani.
After his December 8 ring appearance with Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao is expected to distribute gifts (cash and in kind) on his return to thousands of people in his constituency as his way of sharing his blessings to the people during the holiday season.
Pacquiao is deep in his training at the Wild Card Gym under hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach for his fourth clash with Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada.
Pacquiao and Marquez fought for the first time in 2004 at the MGM Grand, where Pacquiao knocked down Marquez three times in the first round, but the Mexican stood his ground in the later rounds to get a draw verdict.
In 2008, Pacquiao won via a split decision, and in 2011, the Filipino boxing star won via a majority decision
On Wednesday, Pacquiao will be appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for the seventh time on ABC beginning at midnight ET/PT. Read more: