Filipino boxing fans crowded into Downtown’s J Lounge on Boxing Day to celebrate boxer Manny Pacquiao’s win over Oscar De La Hoya at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas three weeks ago.
Pacquiao, who turned 30 on December 17, spent most of the event in an upstairs suite that only friends and boxing mafia were allowed to enter.
He emerged later for a photo op in the J Lounge courtyard that had paparazzi and fans scrambling to get his picture.
Also present were Pacquiao’s longtime trainer Freddie Roach (who used to train De La Hoya), Pacquiao’s very pregnant wife, Jinky, and Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne, the fighter’s sparring partner as he prepared for the De La Hoya match.
Seems like Pacquiao is a people lover with a good heart. After the photo op, the WBC lightweight champion waded into the crowd to meet his fans – mostly young Filipinos – even as they bore in on him from all sides.
Pacquiao dedicated the proceeds to the Blue Diamond Foundation, established this year by activist Tara Leigh Kittle to promote universal US health care.