As an eight-division boxing world champion with numerous primetime fights behind him, Manny Pacquiao is one of the world's most high-profile athletes.
His status as one of the most recognisable sporting figures in the world put him in a vulnerable position recently, however, after reports today revealed that the Filipino fighter was a target of a failed kidnap plot.
According to Filipino President Benigno Aquino III, in comments reported by Newsweek, Pacquaio was targetted recently by Abu Sayyaf - a militant group in the Philippines who have links to ISIS and are currently suspected of beheading Canadian hostage John Ridsdel earlier this week.
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"They (Abu Sayyaf) allegedly even hatched plots to kidnap Manny Pacquiao or one of his children, as well as my sister Kris or one of her children, with the plan to use them in bargaining for the release of their cohorts," Aquino explained whilst adding threats against his own life have been made.
After a career on the world stage in which he has earned hundreds of millions of dollars in the ring, Pacquiao is easily the most high-profile native of the Southeast Asian country.
In fact, to many in the country of his birth, the 37-year-old is seen as a hero having combined his prowess in the ring with work in politics.
Clearly, though, it has also left him open to attacks from those looking to threaten the country.
According to the International Business Times, Abu Sayyaf "claims to be fighting to establish an Islamic state across the region" and "the group allegedly has ties with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq."
In 2014, they carried out the most severe extremist attack in the history of the Philippines when the bombing of a ferry left 114 people dead and they have allegedly been involved in multiple beheadings in recent months.
They have been known to seek ransoms and extortions to maintain their organisation and it appears Pacquiao was the subject of one of their latest plants before Filipino authorities were able to quash the threat.
Pacquiao himself retired recently after a unanimous decision victory over Timothy Bradley on April 9. A potential run at the Filipino presidency has been mooted in the past.