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Written by Joseph G. Lariosa   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 08:49


By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(Journal Group Link International)

 

 

C HICAGO, Illinois (JGLi) – Manny Pacquaio’s multi-talents were in full display Tuesday night.

 

The Pacman has shown that boxing is not just his forte.

 

Mr. Pacquiao told the audience of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!, an American late-night talk TV show, broadcast over ABC Tuesday (November 3) night that aside from his upcoming November 14th WBO welterweight championship where he is coming up in weight in his tussle with Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is also busy promoting his other pursuits.

 

Popular TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel plugged Manny’s “Wapakman” upcoming movie, where Manny has superhero powers, during the hour-long program.

 

At the end of his appearance, Manny was shown crooning Dan Hill’s “Sometimes When We Touch,” which drew hearty applause from studio audience.

 

Editor’s Note: To view portions of Manny Pacquiao’s appearance with Jimmy Kimmel, please click on:

href="/" mce_href="/">YouTube - Manny Pacquiao at Jimmy Kimmel Live!

 

T he choice of the song was not surprising because it has lines that identify with him: “I'm just another writer /Still trapped within my truth/A hesitant prize fighter /Still trapped within my youth.”

 

Manny writes a sports column, “Kumbinasyon,” at www.Philboxing.com.

 

When asked by Mr. Kimmel if he is looking past Cotto’s fight, Manny demurred, saying that he is facing a tough fight.

 

But Manny is hopeful that he can beat Cotto so he can carve out history when he owns the unprecedented seventh title in seven different weight divisions.

 

Manny also revealed that his popularity in the Philippines has deprived him of his privacy, adding that when he goes to a mall, people are crowding around him, having their pictures taken with him and seeking his autograph.

 

When he travels, sometimes, he has 30 buddies, doing different duties for him. He said one of them prepares his coffee, another washes his clothes while another cleans his room.

 

In his present living quarter, he has eight companions.

 

He also rattled off the names of his four children – Junior, Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace and Queen Elizabeth.

 

When asked by Kimmel which moniker he prefers, Manny chose “Pacman” over “Mexecutioner,” explaining he enjoyed playing the arcade, dot-eating Pacman game when he was young. And Pacman is also the name of his dog.

 

When he fought Chicago native Mexican-American former Lightweight champion David Diaz two years ago, Diaz’ promoters called Manny “Mexecutioner” for beating several world boxing champions from Mexico.

 

But aside from boxing, movie acting and singing, Mr. Kimmel also pointed out that Manny is his first guest, who pummeled pumpkins on American TV in a post Halloween celebration who could also become the future President of the Philippines. (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net) # # #

  

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Comments (1)
1 Thursday, 05 November 2009 11:31
Hello JGL,

Good story and a good read. A multi-talented man like Pakyaw -- boxer, singer, actor, pandesal baker ... and writer kuno pa pala -- should be, as Kimmel suggested, THE president of the Philippines. With Willie, the Wowowee as his VP, that Pilipino adage, "Ang Pilipino Anggat Sa Mundo," will surely come true.

JJ

PS: I bet you my piggy bank of pennies, he's gonna lose to "El Kuto." Because, you see, El Kuto is no Mehicano, he's a Negro. And Pakyaw can only beat up Mexican boxer/retirees recycled to box Pakyaw for the money. Hah!

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