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PACQUIAO'S FIGHT TRUNKS WORTH P100 MILLION


Manny Pacquiao’s shorts will cost millions.
- In a report from Spin.ph, Manny Pacquiao’s fight trunks for his May 2 mega fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at MGM Grand Garden Arena may reach upwards of P100 million.
According to the report, a six-inch by four-inch patch on the eight-division World Champion’s trunks costs almost $300,000 or P13.2 million. Smaller logos in the front part will cost $150,000 or P6.6 million while a patch placed on the back has the price tag of $100,000 or P4.4 million. Companies looking to advertise on the Philippine’s most seen billboard will really get the air time as Pacquiao versus Mayweather is the most anticipated boxing match arguably of all time. READ MORE...

ALSO: Smart-Araneta Coliseum houses Fight of the Century as ‘Thrilla in Manila II’


Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO
Smart-Araneta Coliseum, the Philippines’ most historic sporting venue, will once again bear witness to another spectacle.
When Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. climb MGM Grand Garden Arena’s fabled ring on May 3 (Manila time), Smart-Araneta will mirror the experience. Dubbed “Thrilla in Manila II,” the live broadcast of the Pacquiao-Mayweather on May 3 will go on HD format which will be shown on Smart-Araneta’s Giant Cube. “Thrilla in Manila “was the biggest boxing match of the 1970s when heavyweight legends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier went on an epic match that saw Ali triumph and cementing Smart-Araneta’s reputation as the foremost sporting venue in the Philippines. Just an extra punch, Smart-Araneta will throw in a free ticket for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals for those who will avail of the “Thrilla in Manila II” ticket. Promo runs from April 15 to 22. Tickets for the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight are now on sale. For inquiries and ticket purchases, log on to www.ticketnet.com.ph or call 911-5555. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT...

ALSO: ‘Reckless’ Manny set for ‘perfect fight’ with Money


BEWARE, FLOYD The “reckless” Manny Pacquiao shows off his moves for the media’s delectation at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood where he’s training for boxing’s richest fight.
HOLLYWOOD—The fight plan has been laid out and if Manny Pacquiao pursues it to perfection, Floyd Mayweather Jr. could end up with his first loss in 48 fights. The Filipino superstar radiated confidence and excitement on Wednesday before his workout at Wild Card gym in Hollywood in preparation for the May 2 (May 3 in Manila) title bout at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao laughed when told that the defense-minded Mayweather had called him “a very reckless fighter.”  “Reckless fighter? That’s how people like me and love me, because they like an exciting fight,” Pacquiao said. “We call this boxing (and) boxing is more punching.”  No room for mistakes READ MORE...

ALSO: Stallone drops by Pacquiao camp


Screengrab from Manny Pacquiao’s Facebook page
When two epic people meet, they don’t say long and articulate messages, one of them just shouts the other one’s name. And maybe put a little cute emoji. Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone dropped by Wild Card Gym to visit WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao. Unlike Pacquiao’s previous posts of the usual “thank yous,” the eight-division world champion wrote a simple Facebook post. “Sylvester Stallone!” with a fist emoji to back it up. READ MORE...

ALSO MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kid Kulafu’ delivers a knockout


Director Paul Soriano and actor Buboy Villar pose before the fans during the premiere night of the film “Kid Kulafu”, held at Power Plant Mall in Makati City. ARVIN MENDOZA
Watching director Paul Soriano’s latest opus “Kid Kulafu” is like being hit squarely in the face by Manny Pacquiao’s lethal one-two punch combination. Unlike any other movie depicting Pacquiao’s life, the film ships back its viewers during his childhood when he begins to dream big and embark on his ambitious journey. The lush mountains of Bukidnon serves as young Manny’s home, the place where he first experienced worldly miseries brought by extreme poverty. A traumatic event, where the whole family gets caught in middle of a hostile encounter between rebels and government forces, seemed to have a lasting imprint on Manny’s mind. The family had to move to General Santos City and start anew. Manny had to collect bottles of Kulafu, a liquor brand, for his uncle Sardo (Cesar Montano) in exchange for the help he extends to his family. With his uncle as his mentor, Manny discovers his flair for jabs and hooks. From then on, he becomes strong-willed and unstoppable, keeping his desire to end the ordeal of his family while shaping and giving meaning to his own destiny. Soriano’s treatment of “Kid Kulafu” is nothing less than raw and untamed, humanizing the characters to the point of immortalizing them. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao breezes through tough morning run


Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (in blue) jogs at the Griffith Park in Hollywood, California on Friday morning (US time) as part of his training for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. With an elevation gain of more than 300 meters, only a few elite members of Team Pacquiao, including Pacman the dog can keep up with him. Rem Zamora/INQUIRER
HOLLYWOOD—Manny Pacquiao displayed his vaunted speed and stamina with an impressive morning run on the steeper side of his training route at Griffith Park Friday. His show of power and strength while tackling a harder, tougher course so impressed chief trainer Freddie Roach, strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez that they decided to cancel his scheduled afternoon training at the Wild Card Gym. The unscheduled rest will also give him more time to prepare for his first 12-round sparring session Saturday going into the homestretch of his buildup for the much-awaited and rich showdown with unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Sprawled on a swivel chair, listening to Visayan songs, and both his feet being massaged gently, Pacquiao later recalled how his morning run went surrounded by friends playing darts. Pacquiao said his group of accompanying runners decided to deviate from their usual route and assaulted the steeper portion of Mount Lee and the Santa Monica mountain range. READ MORE...

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JIMMY KIMMEL SINGS PACQUIAO's "Entrance Song To The May 2 Fight" IN TAGALOG end of this page.....
This song will Manny Pacquiao's entrance song on May 2 at the MGM Grand of Las Vegas. The song was composed by Lito Camo and officially sang by Manny himself. The music video was also directed by Manny. http://philsports.ph 


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Pacquiao’s fight trunks worth P100 million


Manny Pacquiao’s shorts will cost millions.

MANILA, APRIL 20, 2015 (INQUIRER) Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ April 16th, 2015 - In a report from Spin.ph, Manny Pacquiao’s fight trunks for his May 2 mega fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at MGM Grand Garden Arena may reach upwards of P100 million.

According to the report, a six-inch by four-inch patch on the eight-division World Champion’s trunks costs almost $300,000 or P13.2 million.

Smaller logos in the front part will cost $150,000 or P6.6 million while a patch placed on the back has the price tag of $100,000 or P4.4 million.

Companies looking to advertise on the Philippine’s most seen billboard will really get the air time as Pacquiao versus Mayweather is the most anticipated boxing match arguably of all time.

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It’s also the most expensive fight in history with both fighters expected to earn dollars in the nine-figure range.

Nike, Pacquiao’s official outfitter, is expected to have its swoosh emblazoned on Pacquiao’s trunks.

For more updates on Pacquiao-Mayweather “Fight of the Century,” visit The Pacquiao Files.

Ever since the Fight of the Century between Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. was announced, everyone and anyone has had something to say about who will eventually emerge victorious.

But in this survey, INQUIRER.net wants to know only one opinion: yours. Who do YOU think will win the bout on May 2 and how?

The results of this survey will be published in an infographic, to be released on Fight Day, showing how your prediction compares with the rest of the survey's participants.


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Smart-Araneta Coliseum houses Fight of the Century as ‘Thrilla in Manila II’ Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 10:45 PM | Thursday, April 16th, 2015


Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

Smart-Araneta Coliseum, the Philippines’ most historic sporting venue, will once again bear witness to another spectacle.

When Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. climb MGM Grand Garden Arena’s fabled ring on May 3 (Manila time), Smart-Araneta will mirror the experience.

Dubbed “Thrilla in Manila II,” the live broadcast of the Pacquiao-Mayweather on May 3 will go on HD format which will be shown on Smart-Araneta’s Giant Cube.

“Thrilla in Manila “was the biggest boxing match of the 1970s when heavyweight legends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier went on an epic match that saw Ali triumph and cementing Smart-Araneta’s reputation as the foremost sporting venue in the Philippines.

Just an extra punch, Smart-Araneta will throw in a free ticket for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals for those who will avail of the “Thrilla in Manila II” ticket.

Promo runs from April 15 to 22.

Tickets for the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight are now on sale. For inquiries and ticket purchases, log on to www.ticketnet.com.ph  or call 911-5555.


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‘Reckless’ Manny set for ‘perfect fight’ with Money Roy Luarca @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:51 AM | Friday, April 17th, 2015


BEWARE, FLOYD The “reckless” Manny Pacquiao shows off his moves for the media’s delectation at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood where he’s training for boxing’s richest fight.

HOLLYWOOD—The fight plan has been laid out and if Manny Pacquiao pursues it to perfection, Floyd Mayweather Jr. could end up with his first loss in 48 fights.

The Filipino superstar radiated confidence and excitement on Wednesday before his workout at Wild Card gym in Hollywood in preparation for the May 2 (May 3 in Manila) title bout at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao laughed when told that the defense-minded Mayweather had called him “a very reckless fighter.”

“Reckless fighter? That’s how people like me and love me, because they like an exciting fight,” Pacquiao said. “We call this boxing (and) boxing is more punching.”

No room for mistakes

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The Filipino’s chief trainer Freddie Roach, who plotted the strategy in consultation with his prized ward, said there would be no room for mistakes as Pacquiao tries to add another chapter to his ring legacy.

“We have to fight the perfect fight,” Roach said. “(Mayweather) is a very smart fighter. He’s definitely very, very hard to hit. But I think that his legs are giving out on him.

“I really believe in my fighter. I believe we can outpoint this guy and if the knockout comes it comes, but we really believe we can go in there and win one round at a time.”

Of course, Roach, a seven-time trainer of the year, would rather that Pacquiao stop his rival in the early going to avoid complications arising from dubious judging, as when Pacquiao took an unexpected loss to Tim Bradley in 2012.

And based on the focus and dedication Pacquiao has been showing in training, Roach guarantees that Mayweather will be taken into deep places he’d never been before in his career.


GLOBAL WARMING Media from around the world pack the Wild Card gym during Pacquiao’s “Media Day” on Wednesday for the superfight with unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas on May 2 (May 3 in Manila). PHOTOS BY REM ZAMORA

According to Roach, already enshrined in boxing’s Hall of Fame, the rewards of Pacquiao’s efforts are showing.

“I haven’t really seen him have this much speed and power in a long time,” Roach said. “My chest hurts really bad (from Pacquiao punches on his padded chest while training) right now. You can see how much it means to him. He lives for these huge moments, and he knows what this fight means. Floyd is in trouble.”

“The key will be execution,” said Roach. “Obviously, Mayweather can’t keep up with Pacquiao’s hand and foot speed.”

Pacquiao also unleashes punches in bunches while Mayweather rarely throws a 1-2-3 combo.

“I know we’ll win,” Roach said. “He’s well-trained and well-prepared.”

With the most anticipated fight in recent years looming ever closer, both boxers kept their public comments civil and mostly respectful this week.

Defensive fighter

Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) has rarely skimped on excitement during his remarkable career as an eight-division champion, but the Filipino congressman realizes he is facing the greatest defensive fighter of their era.

Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) has been nearly unhittable for most of his opponents during his perfect career.

The Filipino intends to put on a show when he faces the unbeaten American.

He really hopes Mayweather is also coming to fight, for the fans’ sake—and maybe for his own strategic purposes as well.

But Pacquiao hopes Money (Mayweather’s nickname) realizes that the best way to get paid is to put on a fight worth seeing. After all, they’re counting on fans to pay a record $99.95 for the pay-per-view, a figure described by no less than Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum as “ostentatious consumerism” if a fan bought it to watch all by himself.


Upbeat Pacquiao excites media

And if Pacquiao is trying a bit of psychological trickery, it isn’t very subtle: He didn’t even try to hide the fact that a brawl would be his best chance to win.

“If he (does) that, that’s good for me,” Pacquiao said. “I like that. We’ll see. That’s what I want, and that’s definitely what the fans want—action.”

Unlike Mayweather, Pacquiao knows what it’s like to be knocked out and to get back up.

Pacquiao lost both of his bouts in 2012 and ended his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez facedown on the canvas in the sixth round.

Pacquiao took time off after that bout, but returned to the ring and won three more fights before Mayweather finally agreed to get in the ring with him, five years after fans first called for the matchup.

Yet the former knockout machine hasn’t stopped an opponent since November 2009, when he finished Miguel Cotto in arguably the greatest performance of his career.

This fight has captured the full attention of Pacquiao, who has found time to actually study films of Mayweather during his chaotic life among his entourage, his large family and his congressional duties.

Roach hasn’t seen Pacquiao watching films of his opponents in years, yet Pacquiao came to him with ideas and plans for the fight. Pacquiao is clearly a student of Mayweather’s techniques, even doing a serviceable impersonation of Mayweather’s famed shoulder roll to entertain Roach.

Pacquiao confirmed his eagerness to make the fight happen, pointing out that he agreed to every term proposed by Mayweather over the past several years of intermittent negotiations. Pacquiao also agreed to a 60-40 split of the proceeds.

“If my concern is myself alone, I don’t (think of) the fans,” Pacquiao said. “Then the fight, it’s hard to make it happen. Because of course, I don’t want to take 60-40, a disadvantage and everything. I agreed with that for the sake of the fans. I agreed to make the fight happen.”

Pacquiao also said he felt a virtual duty to make a possible nine-figure payday resulting from this bout to further his charitable work in the Philippines, where he plans to give away a significant portion of his cut.

“I cannot see them being hungry and not helping them,” Pacquiao said. “I’m not materialistic … I have to use it for the glory of the Lord, and also for my family and for helping people.”–With a report from AP


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Stallone drops by Pacquiao camp Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 1:34 PM | Sunday, April 19th, 2015


Screengrab from Manny Pacquiao’s Facebook page

When two epic people meet, they don’t say long and articulate messages, one of them just shouts the other one’s name. And maybe put a little cute emoji.

Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone dropped by Wild Card Gym to visit WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao.

Unlike Pacquiao’s previous posts of the usual “thank yous,” the eight-division world champion wrote a simple Facebook post.

“Sylvester Stallone!” with a fist emoji to back it up.

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It was not the first time the two icons met, Stallone previously visited Pacquiao before the boxer’s fight with Chris Algieri in 2014 in Macau.

Pacquiao gave Stallone an autographed boxing glove and even punched Rambo straight in the jaw.

Well it was a playful punch for the cameras but it was a physical contact befitting two men who can bring the hurt to whoever crosses their path.

Pacquiao is in deep training for his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 (May 3 in Manila) at MGM Grand Garden Arena to unify the WBO, WBA, and WBC Welterweight titles in a fight of their generation’s greatest fighters.

The Filipino champion may be in preparation for what some say is the biggest fight of the century, but he will gladly drop everything when the leader of the Expendables comes knocking.


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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kid Kulafu’ delivers a knockout Arvin Mendoza @AMendozaINQ INQUIRER.net 1:04 PM | Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


Director Paul Soriano and actor Buboy Villar pose before the fans during the premiere night of the film “Kid Kulafu”, held at Power Plant Mall in Makati City. ARVIN MENDOZA

Watching director Paul Soriano’s latest opus “Kid Kulafu” is like being hit squarely in the face by Manny Pacquiao’s lethal one-two punch combination.

Unlike any other movie depicting Pacquiao’s life, the film ships back its viewers during his childhood when he begins to dream big and embark on his ambitious journey.

READ: Paul Soriano: For viewers, ‘Kulafu’ will be like watching a miracle

The lush mountains of Bukidnon serves as young Manny’s home, the place where he first experienced worldly miseries brought by extreme poverty.

A traumatic event, where the whole family gets caught in middle of a hostile encounter between rebels and government forces, seemed to have a lasting imprint on Manny’s mind.

The family had to move to General Santos City and start anew. Manny had to collect bottles of Kulafu, a liquor brand, for his uncle Sardo (Cesar Montano) in exchange for the help he extends to his family. With his uncle as his mentor, Manny discovers his flair for jabs and hooks. From then on, he becomes strong-willed and unstoppable, keeping his desire to end the ordeal of his family while shaping and giving meaning to his own destiny.

READ: Pacquiao as ‘Kid Kulafu’

Soriano’s treatment of “Kid Kulafu” is nothing less than raw and untamed, humanizing the characters to the point of immortalizing them.

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Perhaps he recognizes the linear structure inherent in the story, with his obvious thirst only to tell a zero-to-hero tale. And so he knows better than hurry the exposition of the narrative. He lets his characters breathe, enjoy, muse and fret. He bids the audience welcome and feel the angst, the desperation, the growth and the hope tucked in helms of the story.

Moreover, the film’s cool, crisp and classy cinematography is very impressive. The playful shots will make the audience stare agape at the screen, turning plain moments to an exciting adventure. The musical score, too, was spot-on, enlivening the scenes in a very affecting manner. Pleasingly memorable was Manny’s dream sequence. It was short and chimerical, but it managed to give off enough dose of cathartic effect.


The movie poster of of “Kid Kulafu”. PHOTO from the movie’s Facebook page

Alessandra de Rossi, meanwhile, was one helluva fun to watch as Manny’s mother, Dionisia. She effectively plays her role, banking on her usual antics and impulsive behavior which add brightness to the film’s wretched atmosphere. But when she does her job as a mother, one can’t help but admire her warmth and love for her family. De Rossi’s portrayal always turns effectual, compelling the audience to empathize with her.

Cesar Montano, Jake Macapagal (Dizon) and Alex Medina (Manny’s father Rosalio) all did their part well, save for some inconsistencies in the language and accent, where their tongues would suddenly slip from Gen San’s vernacular to Tagalog.

Of course, most of the tear-jerking scenes were induced by Buboy Villar’s eloquent performance as the young Pacman. The young actor was a surprise: displaying forceful acting chops and mighty stamina in the boxing fights.

READ: Paul Soriano: A lot of Kid Kulafu is still in Manny Pacquiao

His breakdown scene, after the tragedy involving his cherished comrade Eugene (Khalil Ramos), was so movingly sharp it pierces a knifelike torment to the bone, leaving one completely scarred and sobbing.

Soriano genuinely makes full use of Villar’s fiery zeal for his craft. He clearly knows when and how to strike a chord on people’s hearts. His ability to portray Manny’s derelict state as a budding boxer, his battles along the way, his triumphs and downfalls, his concern for his family and friends and his undying love affair with his chosen sport could not be matched with wordy compliments.

For some, Kid Kulafu may just stem from a cheap liquor or a comical moniker for a neophyte athlete. But for many, it is a lasting insignia of Pacquiao’s inspiring hard work, passion and dedication.

“Life is harder than boxing,” Manny said in the film. It’s true. But he did hold out to black eyes, bruises and body pain, much more to life’s ultimate challenges. He proves you can catch the sun, the moon and the stars, if you set your heart and mind to it.

Overrated or not, commercialized or not, propaganda or not, one thing is for sure— “Kid Kulafu” is a knockout of a movie! IDL


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Pacquiao breezes through tough morning run Roy Luarca @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:28 AM | Sunday, April 19th, 2015


Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (in blue) jogs at the Griffith Park in Hollywood, California on Friday morning (US time) as part of his training for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. With an elevation gain of more than 300 meters, only a few elite members of Team Pacquiao, including Pacman the dog can keep up with him. Rem Zamora/INQUIRER

HOLLYWOOD—Manny Pacquiao displayed his vaunted speed and stamina with an impressive morning run on the steeper side of his training route at Griffith Park Friday.

His show of power and strength while tackling a harder, tougher course so impressed chief trainer Freddie Roach, strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez that they decided to cancel his scheduled afternoon training at the Wild Card Gym.

The unscheduled rest will also give him more time to prepare for his first 12-round sparring session Saturday going into the homestretch of his buildup for the much-awaited and rich showdown with unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Sprawled on a swivel chair, listening to Visayan songs, and both his feet being massaged gently, Pacquiao later recalled how his morning run went surrounded by friends playing darts.

Pacquiao said his group of accompanying runners decided to deviate from their usual route and assaulted the steeper portion of Mount Lee and the Santa Monica mountain range.

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Based on his account, the group stayed together for the first 10 minutes before the weaker ones lagged behind and eventually dropped out.

Past the halfway mark of the uneven terrain ranging from 350 to over 1,600 feet above sea level, only former boxers Juanito Rubillar and Reynante Jamili and David Sisson managed to keep up with Pacquiao before the eight-time world champion pulled away in one of the curling upward bends with Sisson giving chase.

After reaching the top towing Sisson, 23-year-old son of American missionaries living in Gen. Santos City, the two went down to their base with Pacquiao clocking 54.48 seconds for the eight-kilometer route. Sisson came a few seconds behind him.

Manila-based reporters and a photographer later chanced upon Pacquiao as he took a break in his house on Plymouth Boulevard. Between bites of kebab slices and salmon belly, he bared some details about his Griffith runs.

Pacquiao said he used to tackle Friday’s course whenever he trains in Los Angeles, but it was the first time in seven years that he finally decided to take on the challenge again.

He said he wanted to find out whether the strength of his legs is as good as before as it will play a key role in his showdown with Mayweather.

While his 36-year-old legs are as speedy and springy as before, Pacquiao said he wanted to do the run again just to be sure.

Ever since the Fight of the Century between Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. was announced, everyone and anyone has had something to say about who will eventually emerge victorious.

But in this survey, INQUIRER.net wants to know only one opinion: yours. Who do YOU think will win the bout on May 2 and how?

The results of this survey will be published in an infographic, to be released on Fight Day, showing how your prediction compares with the rest of the survey's participants.


JIMMY KIMMEL SINGS PACQUIAO SONG IN TAGALOG

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WdyJT0hd0k&feature=player_embedded

Now here is Manny....

Manny Pacquiao's Entrance Song for Mayweather Pacquiao Fight

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7X7d3oOeC4&feature=player_detailpage
Published on Apr 12, 2015

This song will Manny Pacquiao's entrance song on May 2 at the MGM Grand of Las Vegas. The song was composed by Lito Camo and officially sang by Manny himself. The music video was also directed by Manny. http://philsports.ph 

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