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article imageOp-Ed: Outside the ring, Pacquiao’s legacy is a cut above the rest

By Antonio Figueroa     Jan 22, 2013 in Sports
If Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s success inside the square arena is measured in terms of his contributions to the entertainment industry, this involvement, like his meteoric and phenomenal sporting career, can also be considered a knockout.
Over the years, since 2001, Manny has starred as himself in movies, accepted primetime guestings, featured in documentaries, produced game shows and films, wrote scripts, modeled for advertisements, sang with international recording artists, and acted in numerous flicks, many of them, alas, were not as successful at the turnstile.
As if the string of filmography he has so far gathered was not enough, last January 22, 2013, the eight-division champ, with co-host actor Jean Garcia, made his inaugural shooting of his new television show titled ‘Para sa ‘Yo ang Laban na Ito’ (This Fight is for You!), a takeoff from his own song which he regularly played during his entrance to the ring.
This is his fifth TV show after ‘Show Me Da Manny’, ‘Manny Many Prizes’, reality show ‘Kamao: Matira and Matibay’ (Fist: Survival of the Fittest), and ‘Pinoy Records.’
The popular game show ‘Manny Many Prizes’ became a hit, so much so that it became the focus of numerous text scams and phone-patch rip-offs.
The swindle, though, did not prosper because the show management was quick to the draw, making it clear to the audience that winners of prizes offered on the show were drawn ‘live’, not drawn off the air.
Manny’s draw as an entertainment figure commenced after the global boxing world started calling him the ‘Mexicutioner,’ having defeated the famed boxers from Mexico.
Wth his rise to the apex of boxing, his appearances in world-rated and widely-syndicated American programs added more honors to his already lengthy list of accomplishments.
His U.S. TV guestings included appearance in ESPN’s ‘Friday Night Fights’, HBO’s ‘World championship Boxing’ and ‘Boxing After Dark’, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’, “Piers Morgan Tinight’, ‘Lopez Tonight’, ‘MMA H.E.A.T.’, and ‘Rome is Burjing’, to name a few.
Aside from being a recording star, he has starred in numerous documentaries, movies and TV series, including those he helped produce and write, such as ‘Totoy Bato’ (Tough Guy), ‘Lisensyadong Kamao’ (Licensed Fist), ‘Pacquiao: The Movie’, ‘No Fear: The Manny Pacquiao Story’, ‘Yanig sa Taguig’ (Tremor in Taguig), ‘Basagan ng Mukha’ (Breaking Faces), ‘Wapak-man’ (Hitman), and the romantic film ‘Mahal Kita… Kahit Sino Ka Pa!’ (I Love You: Whoever You Are!).
Even in other shows such as cooking, comedy, drama, reality TV, news, interviews, cameo roles, biography, crime, and fantasy, the ever-smiling Pacquaio would show up on time, most of the time, while irrefutably displaying his ability to do multi-tasking.
Overall, Manny, the ubiquitous idol who once lived on morsels given by friends and bought meals from small profits earned from selling cigarettes before his rise as one of boxing history’s greatest fighter, has been through over 1,000 episodes of interviews, ads, film shoots, and more.
If only for this body of work he had achieved outside the realm of boxing, Manny deserves appropriate recognition from other award-giving bodies that have proudly share, directly or otherwise, in his legacy as an icon.
Having shaken the hands of Presidents and Hollywood icons, visited in his camp by some of the greatest sporting legends of our time, honored by the most prestigious bodies in boxing, hired by some of the most illustrious product companies on earth and, more notably, recog-nized for his innate humility, these accomplishments make this Filipino boxer surely a cut above the rest.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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