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Michael Pacquiao challenges ‘jealous’ Jason Dhakal to a one on one basketball game

Jason was seemingly envious when he retweeted a video of Michael playing a snippet of his song, saying “shit like this makes me want to stop making music honestly lol.”

Up and coming rapper Michael Pacquiao received a lot of praise after the release of his brand new single ‘Hate’ which he performed on Wish 107.5, the video of which currently has nearly 10 million views as of this writing.

His delivery on the song came to many as a surprise, including Parokya ni Edgar lead singer Chito Miranda, who labeled Michael’s rapping skills as ‘sobrang astig’.

However, it also received inevitable criticism, primarily from lesser-known R & B artist Jason Dhakal, who underperformed on Wish 107.5

Jason was seemingly envious when he retweeted a video of Michael playing a snippet of his song, saying “shit like this makes me want to stop making music honestly lol.”

Nobody really knew who Jason was until he criticized Michael. Jason’s issue is that children of famous people are easily given a ‘platform’ even with ‘mediocre talent’ while they are also ‘financially set for life’ but local rappers who started from the ground up get ‘zero recognition.’

Fellow Paradise Rising musician Leila Alcasid, daughter of veteran Filipino singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid came to Jason’s defense.

Frankie Pangilinan agreed with Jason’s remarks.

Frankie acknowledged that there exists a bias in the industry and thinks Michael shouldn’t get heat for making it in such a short period of time.

Michael finally responded to Jason, challenging the artist to a ‘king of the court’, a one on one basketball game where whoever reaches twenty-one points first wins, and ‘gets all the credit’.

Michael Pacquiao issues challenge to Jason Dhakal after latter’s viral rant

People took it too seriously which only made Michael laugh.

Michael is the second son of boxing champion Senator Manny Pacquiao and Jinkee Pacquiao. The 18-year-old wants to make a name for himself in the music industry by displaying his talent but understands why people think it’d be easy for him.

“I wanted to prove that I can. I have the talent and I have something. I don’t just rely on my parents,” he said.

“People would say, it has to do with my last name. But, you know, I understand naman,” he said. “But at the same time, it’s, like, I work hard to achieve what I am.”

Just like his father, Michael also wants to be successful by working hard and not just relying on his parents’ finances.

“I wanna work hard as well ‘cause my dad worked hard for everything he has [done] and also for us,” Michael said.

“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,” he added.

He thanked his fans previously for supporting him and recognizing his talent.


‘Hate’ is part of his 11-track debut album Dreams which was released on the music streaming platform Spotify in July.

Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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