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‘Fight me instead’: Pacquiao condemns anti-Asian violence in US


FILE – Manny Pacquiao prepares to fight Keith Thurman in a welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

MANILA, Philippines—Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao called for the end of senseless attacks against Asians in the United States, urging everyone to “stop Asian hate.”

Taking to social media, Pacquiao had a simple message for the attackers of those Asians “who can’t defend themselves.”

“Fight me instead,” the graphics on Pacquiao’s post, which was written in four languages, read.

“We have one color in our blood. Stop discriminating. Love and peace to everyone! #StopAsianHate,” the caption then said.

The eight-division World champion, isn’t the first athlete to give their support to the senseless violence that has targeted Asians and Asian-Americans the past few weeks.

LeBron James, Naomi Osaka, Jeremy Lin, Dwyane Wade, Trae Young, the NFL Players Association, and Chiney Ogwumike have all denounced the string of hate crimes in the United States.

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