2000 world boxing champ Malcolm Tunacao, now proud ‘basurero’ in Japan

  • Former WBC champion Malcolm Tunacao is proud that he is a garbage collector in Kobe, Japan
  • According to him, garbage collectors in Japan are respected and they are often greeted with smiles by residents
  • Tunacao looked back in his success in the ring and shared the many life lessons he learned through the years

Former world boxing champion Malcolm Tunacao shared how proud he is of his job as a garbage collector in Kobe, Japan.

Image by Malcolm Tunacao Via Facebook

Tunacao said there is nothing to be ashamed of regarding his job as it is honorable and does not harm anyone. He shared with GMA, “Okay lang sir, proud… ‘Yung trabaho ko hindi nanlalamang ng tao. Talagang maganda ‘yung trabaho ko, wala akong inaano na tao, marangal na trabaho.”

According to Ring TV, Tunacao was rated No. 6 by THE RING at 118 pounds in 2019 but hasn’t fought since Sept. 2014. He turned professional in 1998 and became a celebrity in the Philippines after avenging Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Medgoen Singsurat back in 2000.

According to Tunacao, garbage collectors are well respected in Japan. They are often greeted by the residents as they also keep their place clean.

“‘Yung mga tao ‘pag nakita ang mga basurero masaya sila, tapos nirerespeto kami, ‘yun ang importante,” he said.

Looking back at his success in the ring, Tunacao said he has learned to be thankful for everything he has. He learned to pray, to stay positive amid challenges and to not disrespect others.

Image Capture of Video by GMA via Youtube

“Ang sa’kin sir magsikap lang talaga at saka mag-pray lagi. Ang importante respeto sa kapwa tao. Kasi ‘pag wala akong respeto, hindi ako magsisikap, wala, wala lahat,” He said.

“Ang importante rin masayahin ka na tao, kahit may problema ka, ako sir marami akong nadaanan sa buhay pero sa akin, wala ‘yun, masaya ako, tawa lang ako nang tawa, pero may problema pero okay lang ‘yun,” Tunacao said.

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