Pacquiao to sell mansion after rich neighbors complain

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Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO

World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao said on Thursday that he would sell his mansion in Forbes Park, one of the Philippine capital’s swankiest areas after his neighbors complained of his visitors wearing shabby clothing.

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Pacquiao told Agence France-Presse that as a “man of the masses,” he is not finicky with his visitors, even if they are wearing “just shorts and slippers.”

The boxer’s rags-to-riches story, from being a fish vendor in his hometown to winning world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, has made him wildly popular in the Philippines.

He used his boxing fame to get elected to Congress in 2010 and like many wealthy Filipino politicians; he frequently has to meet with constituents asking for handouts and favors.

Pacquiao said he would buy a new house where he could accommodate more visitors, who are mostly seeking financial assistance.

“If there’s somebody who is willing to buy, I’m going to sell it,” Pacquiao said of the Manila property, which he acquired for 400 million pesos ($9 million) in 2011.

He added that he wants to make a profit from the sale as he had made renovations.

The 35-year-old said he apologized to his neighbors, though some understood why he was accommodating poor visitors.

“I may be as rich as some of them here, but my lifestyle remains the same and so is my heart. I am just a simple man. I will never change that,” he said.

The three-storey mansion—in a neighborhood that is home to Manila’s old rich—has five bedrooms, several reception and dining halls, and an office.

Pacquiao also owns a fleet of luxury cars, and his hometown mansion in southern Philippines has a pool shaped like a boxing glove.

He beat American Chris Algieri in Macau last Sunday, in a match that proved to fans that he still has what it takes to face archrival Floyd Mayweather.

AFP

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  1. I admire pacman inside the ring but not the way he’s evading taxes. It is honorary to say to settle your tax case against the BIR instead of dragging your neighbour to be inhuman or racist. Your place is sacred for your family to rest therefore, if you want to entertain thousands of your followers, do so in a place where you can not antagonized your neighbour.

  2. Why you never depended your title in your own country so your countrymen will watch you in person and also help the economy.

  3. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    This is a typical example where the rich look down upon the poor. These rich neigbors has no respect on the poor. In the eyes of God, all peope are equal. The Philippines
    supposedly a very religious country should be adherent to this doctrine. Even Lincoln
    said that “All men are created equal”. Regrettably what these rich people do is they
    go to their churches only for PAKITANG TAO.