Manny Pacquiao Says He's 'Not Afraid to Die' to Help the Philippines Battle the Coronavirus Pandemic | 22 Words

Amongst all of the kind and generous donations by celebrities and public figures amid this coronavirus pandemic, boxing legend-turned politician, Manny Pacquiao, may have just topped them all.

Keep scrolling to hear what he did, and to hear his strong words on the matter...

The world is currently held hostage by COVID-19.

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And it is showing no sign of letting go anytime soon.

Over 300,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus.

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353,608 to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 15,147 more have been reported to have died from the illness.

World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...

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And many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.

And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.

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Our first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.

And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.

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Since the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 35,121 more confirmed cases across the country and 458 deaths.

Several cities have declared states of emergencies...

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And, earlier this month, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.

And, with all of this...

Many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it.

People have been urged to avoid large, crowded areas...

And millions all over the world have been self-isolating at home, in a last-ditch attempt to avoid catching the virus.

Yet, despite the tireless work from researchers...

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A cure is yet to be found.

Of course, researchers are now getting desperate.

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But only time will tell if a cure will be found, and the one thing that is needed is money to fund these expensive experiments.

A lot of money has already been donated to research...

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Bill Gates and his wife made an extremely generous donation of $100 million towards finding a cure, but it seems that more is needed.

The fact that all of this money hasn't yet made a result is quite worrying...

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But people aren't giving up hope, and Clive Palmer is certainly one of those people.

For those who aren't familiar, Clive is an Australian politician and businessman...

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And he made a very cool donation of $1 million towards a clinical trial in the hopes of finding a cure for the deadly virus.

The businessman is looking out for his country...

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"At this time of national crisis in our country all Australians must do whatever they can to help their fellow Australians," Mr. Palmer said to the Daily Mail.

And another man has recently come forward to match Clive's donation.

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The Atlanta Falcons owner, Arthur Blank, has shown extraordinary generosity by donating a staggering $5.4 million to the cause.

His donation will help primarily Georgia and Montana during the pandemic.

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Sharing the news on the Falcons official website, he explained: "As a Family Foundation, we have always believed that it is the power of many that will make the greatest impact on the most pressing issues in our society."

He wants to make a difference in his community.

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"This is that moment - to join together to truly harness the power of all of us to address a challenge that knows no boundaries and has no precedent in our lifetimes."

The donation will focus on serving those affected by the pandemic...

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Whether it be those infected by the virus or those who have lost jobs as a result. Any remaining funds will be donated to help support Atlanta-area schools, police and food banks, along with funds to help Native Americans and food banks in Montana.

So, as you can see, celebrities have been coming out in full force to help out in any way they can...

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And the most recent has been boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao.

The former eight-weight world champion boxer entered the world of politics back in 2010...

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And was elected as a senator in the Philippines' House of Representatives in 2016 and is currently serving a 6-year term.

And now, during the pandemic, he is standing valiantly by his people.

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Speaking to The Manila Bulletin, he explained: "If you are a leader, you have to be a front-liner," then adding that he's "not afraid to die" to help his people.

He was worried that people may resort to looting and violence in order to survive the medical crisis...

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"You have to lead people and let people see that you are with them. I grew up poor. I know what they feel," he explained.

Pacquiao has made several public appearances to reassure fearful residents...

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And he donated approximately 600,000 face masks to medics tackling the coronavirus in the Philippines, ABS-CBN reported, and also teamed up with Alibaba billionaire, Jack Ma, to donate 50,000 COVID-19 testing kits.

What an incredible man.

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But, sadly, not all celebrities are in the COVID-19 headlines for the best reasons. Keep scrolling to hear about the A-listers who created a video where they recited the lines to John Lennon's "Imagine", and faced some serious backlash as a result...