Pac­man to sell his house after com­plaints

The Star Early Edition - - CRICKET -

WORLD box­ing cham­pion Manny Pac­quiao said yes­ter­day that he would sell his man­sion in one of the Philip­pine cap­i­tal’s swanki­est ar­eas after his neigh­bours com­plained of his vis­i­tors wear­ing shabby cloth­ing. Pac­quiao said 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 hand-outs and favours. Pac­quiao said he would buy a new house where he could ac­com­mo­date more vis­i­tors, who are mostly seek­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance. The 35-year-old said he apol­o­gised to his neigh­bours, 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.

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