Pacquiao's bloody shorts sell at Hollywood fundraiser

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 16, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS – As the saying goes — To the victors belong the spoils.

But in Manny Pacquiao’s case, the victor is giving back.

While his wound is yet to fully heal, Pacquiao was already hobnobbing Tuesday evening with generous friends at a Beverly Hills fundraiser for the Manny Pacquiao Foundation.

“I feel good — just waiting for the healing of my wound,” he said, pointing to the bandage on his forehead. “Also it’s good to be here and to do this fundraising dinner.”

The event comes after a full day’s rest and after being bombarded by calls for his retirement from his mother and wife.

“We’re not talking about that right now,” he said when asked about the calls for his retirement.

While he held off on the retirement talk, Pacquiao focused on making money for a good cause.

The Pacman put on a show, reprising his rendition of “Sometimes When We Touch”, this time with D’jhoanna Garcia.

This charity function is proof that the Pacman literally bleeds for his country. Up for auction were his fight worn unwashed shorts, complete with his blood from the accidental head butt with Timothy Bradley.

“That’s a piece of history right there,” Ryan Moore, who co-produced the Manny Pacquiao documentary, said. “I don’t think Bradley would ever want to see those gloves again. I think he saw enough of them in the last fight.”

Disney star and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Zendaya Coleman was among the celebrities at the charity function. She too was intrigued by the pair of shorts.

“It’s a little scary but very cool, and I think they should be framed somewhere,” she joked as she saw the shorts.

Proceeds from the event hosted by the Victorino Noval foundation benefit the Manny Pacquiao Foundation.

Noval, a Hollywood producer and philanthropist wants to join the cause to help Philippine typhoon victims.

“He’s such a good man, everyone loves him and I don’t think there’s another guy that’s more loved than him in the world,” he said. “He does the right thing.”

The gloves sold for a whopping $10,000 while the pair of shorts went for $30,000 to Abbas Ahmadi who owns several of the country’s largest Mitsubishi dealerships.

In the spirit of giving it was announced that Zendaya also wants to arrange a benefit with the Pacman, inviting more Hollywood celebrities to join in later this year.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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