In order to step inside a boxing ring 71 times throughout your career, you've got to have courage. You've got to have a lot of courage going up against greats like Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya. Each and every match, knowing that you could come out of the ring with devastating, life-altering injuries is something that requires an immense amount of bravery.
So maybe it shouldn't come as much of a surprise when Manny Pacquiao, the legendary boxer ranked as the No. 2 pound for pound boxer of all time by ESPN, says that he's "not afraid to die" while helping his home country of the Philippines throughout the COVID-19 crisis. (via The Manila Bulletin). Still, such bravery must be commended along with the other heroic acts he has performed in order to help his native land.
Recently, the Manny Pacquiao Foundation teamed up with the Jack Ma Foundation in an effort to provide 500,000 protective masks and 50,000 test kits to Filipinos in need. According to a press release from the Pacquiao Foundation, he and his organization have already "donated 700,000 protective masks to the Philippine National Police" among other important societal groups.
According to the World Health Organization's most recent situation report (March 22), the Philippines have 307 confirmed cases and 19 deaths, with 77 cases coming in just the most recent 24-hour period. Like several other areas of the world, the growth seems to be exponential at first before the curve, hopefully, is flattened.
While sports are on hold, including boxing, athletes continue to amaze and impress the outside world with their humanitarianism and philanthropic contributions to the worldwide effort against coronavirus. Pacquiao has been noted for his achievements outside of boxing, including a fairly successful political career, a short stint as a professional basketball player, a high-ranking military reservist and more. Despite all these accomplishments, the measures he has taken to help save thousands if not millions of people during the coronavirus outbreak have to rank pretty highly on the list.