Barça has received this Wednesday the visit of an illustrious athlete, former boxer Emmanuel 'Manny' Dapidran Pacquiaowhich has been received by th
Barça has received this Wednesday the visit of an illustrious athlete, former boxer Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Dapidran Pacquiaowhich has been received by the president Joan Laporta and the vice president Rafa Yuste. Pacquiao is considered one of the best boxers in history and as part of a private trip to Barcelona with his family, he wanted to visit the Camp Nou, and was also able to visit the Museum and the first team dressing room, accompanied by president Laporta, whom he had already known personally for a few years.
‘Pac-Man’ Pacquiao is the only boxer who has achieved nine world titles in eight different categories and was considered the best boxer of the 2000s by the World Boxing Council (WBC). The Filipino, who retired definitively in 2021 after 25 years of sports career, also stands out for his multifaceted life: he has been an actor, singer and is currently engaged in politics and is the president of the PDP-Labán party, being a congressman of his country from 2010 to 2016 and, currently, senator. His passion for sports, especially basketball, also led him to become a player-coach for the Philippine Kia Motors team.
Pacquiao has been very close to the fans who have recognized him during his visit to the Camp Nou pitch and to the Museum, where he has been able to be photographed with the Champions League trophy, and has shown especially interested in the figure of striker Paulino Alcántaraa Filipino like him, who is considered the first star in the Club’s history and who, between 1912 and 1927, scored 369 goals in 357 official and friendly matches.
President Laporta has made delivery of the first and second jerseys for the upcoming 2022/23 season, personalized with his name, and Pacquiao has been very grateful. “It is an honor to be here and visit this great stadium in Barcelona, meet the President, the members of the Club and I am very grateful for the warm welcome I have received.”