LOS ANGELES, California – Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao got a head start on the season of giving. With Sunday as his rest day, he gave out hundreds of turkeys to families throughout Los Angeles.
After Sunday’s church service, Pacquiao gave out some 200 15-pound turkeys and pumpkin pies outside the Westside Shepherd of the Hills Church.
“Masaya dahil it’s Thanksgiving Day, namimigay tayo ng turkey sa mga tao. Hindi lang mga Pilipino, kasama din mga American people,” Pacquiao said.
He then gave out another 150 turkeys as well as pies at a local police station. The local police gave the boxing champion a tour of their own police athletic league facilities that houses a youth boxing program.
“His coming here just kind of reaffirms that hey, work hard, do the stuff like he does, training and all that, and there’s a chance,” said LAPD deputy chief Jose Perez.
“It gives kids hope, something to shoot for. For us, it’s great because it shows him giving back to the community,” he added.
Pacquiao had also given out some larger, 25-pound turkeys at the Veterans Affairs Hospital. In all, he gave out about 6,000 pounds worth of turkeys as a way of thanking American fans for their continued support.
But Pacquiao has other plans for Thanksgiving Day – he will be preparing for his December 8 clash against rival Juan Manuel Marquez with his usual Thursday sparring session.