Pac­quiao likes to give more than he re­ceives

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Boxer Manny Pac­quiao, known as the peo­ple’s cham­pion in his na­tive Philip­pines, says he has given away about $200 mil­lion on projects to help the less for­tu­nate. “Ev­ery in­come I re­ceive in boxing, al­most half of it goes to the less for­tu­nate,” Pac­quiao said. “Af­ter each fight, half of my in­come goes to the poor. “But I don’t like to an­nounce it.” Ac­cord­ing to Forbes, Pac­quiao’s in­come from ca­reer purses and en­dorse­ments is around $500 mil­lion. Pac­quiao has a num­ber of projects un­der­way in the Philip­pines in­clud­ing build­ing 1,500 homes on the is­land of Min­danao. He also helped to buy a fleet of new boats for fish­er­men in a coastal com­mu­nity. Pac­quiao says he needs to keep fight­ing so he can con­tinue the char­ity work that has done through­out much of his 21-year boxing ca­reer. Pac­quiao was elected to the Philip­pine Se­nate in May. He sits on 15 com­mit­tees, two of which he chairs. His Se­nate du­ties have meant he has only been able to train part-time for the up­com­ing fight against Jessie Var­gas. “I en­joy pol­i­tics be­cause I do not have a hid­den agenda. I serve hon­estly,” he said. —AFP


Real Madrid boss Zine­dine Zi­dane in­sists his squad of su­per­stars can’t rest on their lau­rels af­ter blow­ing a 2-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Pol­ish cham­pi­ons Le­gia War­saw in mid­week. Zi­dane’s men re­turn to La Liga ac­tion to­day at home to Le­ganes and the French­man wants a more rounded per­for­mance from his side. “I al­ways think that I have the best squad in the world, but at the same time that is not enough,” said Zi­dane yes­ter­day. Only Ma­teo Ko­vacic’s equaliser five min­utes from time pre­vented Real’s 27-game un­beaten streak com­ing to an end in the most un­likely fash­ion as Le­gia took their frist Cham­pi­ons League point for 21 years. “We need to go out onto the pitch and al­ways play at our top level for 90 min­utes. To be per­sis­tent is the hard­est thing in foot­ball.” De­spite their un­beaten run and still en­joy­ing a two-point lead at the top of La Liga, Madrid haven’t kept a clean sheet in 10 games in all com­pe­ti­tions. Zi­dane will once again be with­out his pre­ferred cen­tral de­fen­sive pair­ing of cap­tain Ser­gio Ramos and Pepe due to in­jury to­day, but called on the whole team to de­fend bet­ter as a unit. — AFP

TOKYO: Javier Ortega De­sio, left, of Ar­gentina is tack­led by Ko­taro Mat­sushima of Ja­pan dur­ing their rugby match in Tokyo, yes­ter­day. Ar­gentina’s Ni­co­las Sanchez scored two tries as the Pu­mas over­pow­ered Ja­pan 54-20 yes­ter­day in their first test un­der new coach Jamie Joseph. — AP

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