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Manny Pacquiao takes center stage in a milestone appearance Tuesday at Cambridge University in England.

Manny Pacquiao takes center stage in a milestone appearance Tuesday at Cambridge University in England.

by Nick Giongco

For the second straight day, Manny Pacquiao took the spotlight before another stellar cast of listeners: Members of the Cambridge Union.

Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division champion and member of the Philippine Senate, graced the invitation of Cambridge University to speak, impart his ideas and inspire with his meteoric rise to stardom.

A day after speaking at Oxford University, Pacquiao was warmly received at England’s second oldest university, captivating the academe with his rags-to-riches life story and earning their admiration with his humility and his burning desire to alleviate poverty in the Philippines.

“Today, I am not just in any obscure part of the global university. I am deeply honored to be invited by the Cambridge Union, the oldest debating and free speech society in the world and the largest student society in the University of Cambridge,” said Pacquiao in the first part of his speech.

Just like at Oxford, Pacquiao urged everyone to keep the faith and never give up on their dreams in his speech titled “A Fight For Life.”

“That is what life was like to me as a child. But my hardships are not uncommon. There are so many others around the world who have faced even worse. But my hardships taught me one valuable lesson. Never quit.”

From London, Pacquiao and his party are returning to Manila on Thursday to await advisory about the two-city promotional tour next week for his January defense of the World Boxing Association welterweight crown against Adrien Broner in Las Vegas.

The first stop of the whirlwind tour is New York before the travelling circus heads to Los Angeles before heading back to Manila.

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