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Muhammad Ali’s Daughter says, Manny reminds me of my dad.”

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Rasheda Ali, the daughter of boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, said Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao reminds her of her father.

“Manny reminds me of my dad. He is a very generous person, a very loving person. He takes the celebrity status and gives it back to the community. That’s what my dad has done. You know, he is one of the few boxers that give back to the community,” Rasheda said during a star-studded gala in Las Vegas on Saturday for Ali’s 70th birthday.

“He is the greatest boxer of all time,” Pacquiao said of Ali.

Ali is well-loved in the Philippines, especially after “Thrilla in Manila,” his famous boxing match against Joe Frazier, was held at the Araneta Coliseum in October 1975.

According to Rasheda, her father loves the Philippines.

“The Filipino community has been so wonderful for my dad when he came there to fight,” Rasheda said. “They (Filipinos) were so generous and gracious. My dad loves that.”

Stars come out

Nearly 2,000 came out Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada to say “happy birthday” to Ali.

Pacquiao attended the $1,500-a-plate gala with his wife, Jinkee, who were seated beside actor Samuel L. Jackson.

The former world heavyweight champion turned 70 years old last month, but Vegas never misses an opportunity to party.

Even United States President Barack Obama joined the festivities, sending birthday greetings to Ali through a video message.

Among the celebrities who attended the “Power of Love” benefit dinner were actor Anthony Hopkins, magician David Copperfield, and musicians Snoop Dog, Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder.

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Comment by Arnold — February 20, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

Great words from a very modest, humble and real people especially coming from the family of the greatest boxer of all time!

LOL! I wonder why Floyd Mayweather wasn’t invited. Must not be included among the greatest! BWAHAHAHA! Plus only people with hearts and feelings were invited.

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