Michael Pacquiao spoke up following comments from his critics that he owes the success of his rap song "Hate" to his family name.
His live performance video of "Hate" on Wish 107.5 has already amassed more than 8 million views as of this writing.
Michael remarked that though he understands what his critics are trying to point out, he stressed that he has also been working hard for his craft.
“People would say, it has to do with my last name. But, you know, I understand naman. But at the same time, it’s like, I work hard to achieve what I am," he said in an interview with entertainment website PEP.
Happy Father’s Day to the best Dad in the world. The one who inspires me to do my best in everything that I do. Knowing my dad’s past gives me a reason to work hard for him since he has worked hard for this family and brought us up to this point. One day I will make you proud, just for you daddy I love you and I miss you so much ❤️ #happyfathersday
He added that his song "Hate" is actually based on his personal experience of wanting to prove himself.
"In the song, I actually wanted to prove myself. That’s how I felt in the song. I wanted to prove that I can. I have talent and I have something. I don’t just rely on my parents," he said.
Following the success of his song, the young musician said that his parents, Manny and Jinkee Pacquaio, are very elated for him.
“They’re really proud. They’re happy. They congratulated me. It’s really surprising how in a few days, it already reached millions.”