Boxing great Manny Pacquiao is calling on criminals to stop targeting the Asian American community — and to try fighting him instead.
The Filipino boxer-turned-politician tweeted a message to his 2.6 million followers on Thursday, urging unity amidst a rising number of hate crimes against Asian Americans.
"We have one color in our blood! ... Love and peace to everyone!" wrote Pacquiao, 42.
A senator in the Philippines, Pacquiao included a photo of his face in front of a collage of crime victims and suspects, with the message: "Stop attacking Asians who can't defend themselves! Fight me instead."
The boxing champion's tweet comes as violence and discrimination against Asian Americans is on the rise in the United States since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic last year.
Last month, several Asian women were killed in shootings in the Atlanta area, and earlier this week, footage showing a man attacking a 65-year-old Asian woman on a New York City street went viral.