MICHAEL PACQUIAO Reacts To Online Criticism: "I Work Hard To Achieve What I Am"

Camille Santos

Posted at August 15, 2020

In the past couple of days, Michael Pacquiao has been at the center of a social media firestorm. One, because his single "Hate" has been making the rounds online. And two, because people are claiming that his suddenly popularity can only be attributed to his family name. It then fueled the debate on nepotism in the local music scene.

Michael—the 18-year-old son of Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao —recognized such sentiments from fellow artists and music fans in an exclusive interview with PEP.

"People would say, it has to do with my last name. But, you know, I understand naman," he said, before insisting that he has also "[worked] hard to achieve what I am."


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Taking inspiration from real life experiences, Michael sings about proving one's self in his viral song "Hate". He said: "I wanted to prove that I can. I have talent and I have something. I don’t just rely on my parents."

He went on to add, "I wanna work hard as well ‘cause my dad worked hard for everything he has [done] and also for us. And I wanna do the same—work hard for everything that I will have, that I want to have, and give back to my mom and dad because they did so much."

"Hate" is lifted off Michael's debut album Dreams. Listen to the album in its entirety below:

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