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article imageWhat Pacquiao gave as a gift to Obama in his Washington DC visit

By Leo Reyes     Feb 6, 2015 in Sports
In his second visit to the White House, Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao presented to President Barack Obama a boxing-inspired painting as his gift on the occasion of the 63rd annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
Pacquiao, who is an incumbent member of the House of Representatives in the Philippines, first met Obama at the White House in February 2011, three months before his title fight against Shane Mosley in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The painting is a work of art piece by Filipino rising artist Jun Aquino, the official artist of Pacquiao.
Obama and Pacquiao are two of the prominent people who joined the annual gathering which is held traditionally on the first Thursday of February each year and hosted by members of the US Congress in their behalf by The Fellowship Foundation, a Christ-centered organization. Read more.
The National Prayer Breakfast used to be known as the Presidential Prayer Breakfast was founded by Abraham Vereide of Norway who was also the founder of Goodwill Industries of Seattle.
While in the US, Pacquiao made promotional appearances in theatres where his documentary firm "Manny" was shown. Later he made a side trip to the United Kingdom on the invitation of Prince Harry who joined him and wife Jinkee for dinner at the Buckingham Palace.
After his meeting with Prince Harry, Pacquiao met with former sparring partner Amir Khan to discuss possible fight in UK in case ongoing talks on potential Mayweather-Pacquiao fight fall apart for the last time.
Before joining the National Prayer Breakfast, Pacquiao acted as one of the judges of the recently-concluded Miss Universe Beauty Pageant in Miami, Florida.
Later Pacquiao and potential foe Floyd Mayweather were seen talking during the halftime break of the NBA game between Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlines Arena in Florida.
The brief meeting was followed by another meeting that lasted for about an hour at the hotel where Pacquiao stayed in Florida. Mayweather reiterated his interest in pursuing a fight against Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao is due to arrive in Manila over the weekend.
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