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Manny Pacquiao Foundation helping to provide COVID-19 test kits in Philippines

The fighter’s foundation is teaming with the Jack Ma Foundation to combat coronavirus.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Manny Pacquiao announced that his Manny Pacquiao Foundation, partnering with the Jack Ma Foundation, will help to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Philippines by providing 50,000 test kits in the country.

“We’re excited to announce the Jack Ma Foundation, in partnership with the Manny Pacquiao Foundation, is pledging 50,000 test kits to combat COVID-19 in the Philippines,” Pacquiao wrote on Instagram.

“With everything that’s happening around the world today, there is no better time to unite and do whatever we can do help each other,” he added.

Pacquiao is of course not just the current WBA welterweight titleholder but also a sitting Senator in his home country.

As for his boxing career, the 41-year-old Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO) last fought in July 2019, winning a decision over Keith Thurman to reclaim a piece of the welterweight crown. The expectation was that he would return to action late this spring or early in the summer, but like everything that’s up in the air at this point. Though Pacquiao and his team seemed to great desire a novelty sort of fight with UFC’s Conor McGregor for huge money, the most recent targets named have been Errol Spence Jr and Mikey Garcia, and Danny Garcia is probably somewhere in that mix, too.

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