MANNY PACQUIAO has told racist Asian hate crime attackers to ‘fight me instead’ following sickening events in the US.
The #StopAsianHate movement has gained traction following the horrifying Atlanta spa shootings last month.
And Filipino legend Pacquiao, 42, has offered his support online.
The boxer wrote: “Stop attacking Asians who can’t defend themselves!
“Fight me instead.”
Ad in addition to this defiant message, he added: “We have one color in our Blood!
“Stop discriminating. LOVE AND PEACE TO EVERYONE!! #StopAsianHate”.
And Pacquiao isn’t the only sports star to have lended his support to the cause.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka wrote on Twitter: “If people loved Asian people as much as they love bubble tea, anime, mochi, sushi, matcha etc…
“Imagine profiting/enjoying things that come from a culture and then attacking/diminishing the ethnic group that created it.”
And NFL star Taylor Rapp is raising money for the cause.
He told CNBC: “I am Asian American and this community means a lot to me.
“I wanted to help my people, and what better way to raise money right now to donate than through creating an NFT collection and using my platform.”
He then added: “I felt like it was a responsibility for me to go out there and do what I can using my platform and my name to try to help out my community and bring more awareness to what is going on right now.”