Do you know who Manny Pacquiao? Yes, he is a Philippines boxer who is now also a senator from Partido Democratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). He represents Sarangani District.
In the world of boxing, the man who was born on December 17, 1978 has extraordinary achievements. Until now he is listed as the one and only eight division world champion in boxing history and has won twelve major world titles. He was the first boxer to win the linear championship in five different weight classes. Apart from being a boxer and politician, he is also a great musician in his country.
On Saturday, August 21, 2021, the Philippines boxing icon nicknamed Pacman will against Errol Spence Jr in a welterweight fight at the T Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Well, get ready, Pacman will have a rival. His rival was an Indonesian journalist. He lives in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. But not a rival in the world of boxing, but a rival in face. Yes, this journalist named Ferdinand Gononggo looks like the boxing icon of one of the ASEAN member countries.
“It’s been two years, at first, friends said that I looked like Manny Pacquiao and I just smiled,” admits Nando, the nickname for this journalist from the Indonesian Photo Journalis in Palu.
These are photos of the two of them who look like twins.
Coincidentally, Nando likes boxing. Even while living in Jakarta, he joined one of the boxing gyms there.
He is also an admirer of Mike Tyson and Indonesian boxer Christ John.
Regarding his resemblance to Pacman, he even asked his wife, Norlin Woso. His wife also agreed.
“Yes. my wife said, very similar. Finally, since then, when I practice boxing, I really imitate Manny Pacquaio’s style,” admitted the Editor-in-Chief of Tadulako News, an online media in Palu.
He said he wanted to meet his idol someday.
“If I had the luck, I would like to be able to watch the Manny Pacquiao vs Spence fight live in Las Vegas. It coincided with my birthday, August 21. And I wish Manny the win in that fight.”
I hope so, Nando. ***