SPIN.ph: Is that Pacquiao enjoying a meal inside cramped room? Boxing hero explains

“Sa kanya yung room na ’yun. Maliit lang talaga ’yun, halos pagpasok mo kama na saka maliit na mesa at TV, pero dun nga siya mas madalas magpahinga,” says Manny Pacquiao’s chief of staff about the viral photo of the Pinoy boxing champ.


ARCH-RIVAL Floyd Mayweather routinely posts photos of his rows of luxury cars, enormous wealth and lavish lifestyle; Manny Pacquiao plays up his love for the simple life.

The stark contrast in the lifestyles of the two boxing superstars became all the more apparent when Pacquiao posted a photo on his Instagram account showing him enjoying a meal inside a small, cramped room.

A caption that read, “Kain lang pag may time hehe,” came with the photo of Pacquiao, in 'pambahay shirt and shorts, eating inside a room that barely had enough space for a double-deck bed, a small table and a television set.

Sought for comment, Pacquiao, through his congressional chief of staff Kit Mercado, made no effort to explain why a billionaire boxer who owns luxurious homes both in the Philippines and the US is eating inside what amounts to a bunker.

“Kahit saan tayo, makakakain tayo ng magana. Kahit sa lapag lang tayo matulog, makakatulog tayo ng mahimbing,” Pacquiao, who on Tuesday was ranked second just behind Mayweather on the list of highest paid celebrities in the world, told Spin.ph.

“Hindi naman balakid sa tao ang maging masaya kahit na kakapurit lang ang bagay na pinanghahawakan niya. 'Yun din gusto ko ipakita sa mga kaibigan ko,” he added.

Asked about the room, Pacquiao's congressional chief of staff Kit Mercado bared that it is indeed Pacquiao’s and it is located in a property he owns in Tinoto, Maasim, Sarangani.

“Sa kanya yung room na 'yun. Maliit lang talaga 'yun, halos pagpasok mo kama na saka maliit na mesa at TV, pero dun nga siya mas madalas magpahinga,” she said.

Mercado said she wasn't surprised to see his boss spending a lot of time in that room, saying the Sarangani congressman has always been more ‘at home’ living a simple life.

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