Senator Manny Pacquiao is set to defend his WBO welterweight title against Australian boxer Jeff Horn on July 2 and an online report has claimed that Pacquiao will donate all of his earnings from the fight to the Marawi victims.
The report came from thephpride.blogspot.com (Pinoy Pride), which claimed that the senator-boxer is expected to donate over $10 million or around P49 million victims since he is set to earn at least $10 million from his fight. The article added that Pacquiao will directly fly to Marawi City after his match to give away his promised donation, whether he wins or loses.
However, we cannot not find any report that can confirm that Pacquiao indeed promised to donate 100% of what he will earn from his Horn fight to the victims of the Marawi conflict.
The senator-boxer has donated a percentage of his earnings from his earlier matches, but he has not donated a 100% of his boxing earnings. Pacquiao donated part of his prize fight after his match with Timothy Bradley to Saranggani residents who were affected by flooding in 2012. He also donated homes to Saranggani families and is the Habitat for Humanity Philippines Ambassador. In November 2016, Pacquiao also said that he has donated around $200 million on projects to help the poor.
For this fight with Horn, what we found instead is a report from GMA News Online, where he was quoted by GMA News reporter Mav Gonzales on Balitanghali saying:
“Sa sambayanang Pilipino, para sa karangalan ng ating bansa, inaalay ko ang laban na ito sa mga pamilya na naapektuhan ng terrorism sa Marawi City, yung mga pamilya na naapektuhan sa bagyo, sa baha.”
Pacquiao basically said that he would “dedicate” his fight to honor the Philippines and his countrymen who fell victim to the conflict in Marawi City, flooding, and, typhoons, but there was no promise about him “donating” all of his earnings from the match to the victims.
However, thephpride.blogspot.com is a fake news website that has published several fictional stories before. We have busted two of its false stories about Trillanes being abandoned by the Zambales crowd and the “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again” book being banned by the US and 17 other countries.
We also read Pinoy Pride’s About page and noted how the website directly addressed how its contents are not suitable for “gullible people” when it said this:
“By the way, this website is only intended for highly intelligent, smart, resourceful, and versatile people. This website is not intended for readers who are under 18 years old, and most importantly, Pinoy Pride is not for gullible people.”
Interestingly, we found out that thephpride.blogspot.com actually used to be OKd2.com, a site that have published so many fake articles before. Just try typing “okd2.com” and it will instantly direct you to thephpride.blogspot.com.