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Pacman the dog dies in freak accident

By Nick Giongco

Pacman the dog, who served as Manny Pacquiao’s sidekick and running mate for over a decade, died after accidentally being ran over by a car driven by the boxing champion’s close aide in General Santos City.

Manny Pacquiao and his Jack Russell Terrier dog Pacman (Photo courtesy of Wendell Alinea)

Manny Pacquiao and his Jack Russell Terrier dog Pacman (Photo courtesy of Wendell Alinea)

The incident took place Saturday afternoon when the Mazda sedan of David Sisson struck Pacman “after running under the vehicle” as Pacquiao’s security people were trying to clear up the garage.

“I didn’t even see him and the boss’s bodyguards said he came out of nowhere and it was too late,” said Sisson, who felt brokenhearted by the mishap.

The poor dog was brought immediately to a veterinary clinic but the doctor said the injuries were too severe for the 14-year-old Jack Russell Terrier.

“If he was like seven years, he could have made it, according to the vet,” said Sisson, who quickly told Pacquiao and wife Jinkee about what happened.

“They understood and accepted what happened. It was a freak accident,” said Sisson, noting that Pacman even ran away after getting injured.

Manny Pacquiao and his Jack Russell Terrier dog Pacman do their morning roadwork in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Wendell Alinea)

Manny Pacquiao and his Jack Russell Terrier dog Pacman do their morning roadwork in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Wendell Alinea)

When Pacman was brought back to the house, it was already dead and Pacquiao even watched when the famous dog was buried inside the sprawling mansion.

Pacman was a familiar sight during Pacquiao’s training camp not only in Manila, Baguio City and General Santos City but in the US as well.

Pacquiao decided not to bring along Pacman a few years ago after noticing that it could no longer keep up with his pace.

Pacman became Team Pacquiao’s official mascot in 2006 when the Filipino ring icon was getting ready for the third fight with Erik Morales in Las Vegas.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://sports.mb.com.ph/2020/06/28/pacman-the-dog-dies-in-freak-accident/)

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