HOLLYWOOD-The biggest losers were also the biggest winners.
Former boxer Arnel Fontanilla and caregiver Kharzma Tan shed off almost 32 kilograms combined in just a span of five weeks to win USD$12,000 (S$16,000) each in Manny Pacquiao's weight-loss challenge on Sunday night.
Fontanilla dropped close to 15.4 kg as he tipped the scales before a crowd made up of Team Pacquiao members and a throng of reporters both from the United States and the Philippines.
Close to 100 people took part in the challenge. Some members of Team Pacquiao and a nutritionist monitored the participants.
"Just hard work and discipline," said Fontanilla, a member of Team Pacquiao who must wake up early in the morning to join Pacquiao in jogging. "Masaya na kasama ko siya. Isang karangalan na kasama ko siya sa pagtakbo araw-araw (I'm happy to be with him. It's an honour to run daily with him)."
Tan said winning came as a huge surprise to her. She shed off a little over 22 per cent of her weight despite not doing anything in the last six days leading up to the participants' final weigh-in at the Florentine Gardens Hollywood.
"It was fun but it was tiring and you just wanted to sleep and make up by eating," said Tan, who has been working in Los Angeles since 2009.
"I didn't expect to win because these last six days I didn't [go on] workout. I just stayed home and rested."
Apart from losing weight, the participants were required to memorize and recite three verses from three different books of the Bible.