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Dustin Poirier arrives prior to his fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Dustin Poirier Teams Up With Manny Pacquiao Foundation

Dustin Poirier And Manny Pacquiao Are Working Together To Raise Funds Which Will Help Build Houses In East Africa  

Dustin Poirier is teaming up with eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and the Manny Pacquiao Foundation to help to raise funds and awareness for the construction of 32 two-bedroom homes for the Batwa Pygmies on 43 acres of land in Bundibugyo, Uganda, located in East Africa. 

"The Good Fight Foundation envisions a world that unites together to better the lives of people in need," Poirier said. "We are beyond grateful to be working alongside the incredible teams of Justin Wren with Fight for the Forgotten and the Manny Pacquiao Foundation on the Uganda project. We hope others will engage in our efforts to improve the lives of the people in Uganda. Let's change the world together."

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Poirier will be auctioning off his fight worn memorabilia from UFC 264 with all proceeds benefiting the campaign. 

In addition, Poirier and Pacquiao have each made an initial donation of $50,000 USD from their respective foundations and will continue to raise awareness and funds until the project is complete. 

"The Manny Pacquiao Foundation is honored to be working with such amazing people on the project in Uganda," Pacquiao said. "Dustin Poirier and Justin Wren both have huge hearts and the work they are doing through their foundations is touching so many lives. So much can be accomplished when we work together. I hope many people will join us as we complete this project and make a lasting impact."

Fifteen of the 32 homes have already been completed, along with one water tower, with pipe and infrastructure to bring clean water to each home. All construction is being done by in-country social entrepreneurs and tradesmen. The campaign also has plans to construct a school for local youth to attend, as well as construct a medical clinic and pharmacy on site, along with two additional water tower systems that would serve up to 3,000 residents of the communities within and surrounding the Batwa Pygmies.

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