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Friday, March 5, 2010

Once more, with feeling: Pacman hits the high notes anew on American show

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has wowed American audiences once more---not with his fists, but rather, his vocal chords.

The boxing champ-actor-singer-philanthropist-businessman-product endorser-congressional candidate sung his heart out when he made a second appearance in just four months on the popular talk show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The champ appeared on the same show, singing Dan Hill’s “Sometimes When We Touch”, November last year as part of the build-up leading to his bout with Miguel Cotto.

Pacquiao is set to fight Joshua Clottey on March 13 at the Dallas Cowboy Stadium.

Host Kimmel, who might actually be enjoying Pacquiao’s singing voice, introduced the boxer only half-mockingly as “the most beautiful voice in boxing since Leon Spinks.”

Pacquiao obliged the host, singing a heartfelt rendition of George Benson’s “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You” with much gusto.

Of course, Pacquaio was warmly applauded by the studio crowd for his effort.

During his talk with Kimmel, Pacquiao discussed his cancelled fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Clottey, singing and running for Philippine congress.

Pacquiao thinks the fight with Mayweather didn’t push through mainly because the latter wasn’t ready.

“I think he’s not ready for the fight. The job of the fighter is to train hard and to fight in the ring. You don’t need to change the rules and regulations because the Nevada athletic commission is there [to enforce them],” he said.

Asked if he’s still open to a Mayweather showdown, Pacquiao said he’s willing to fight anybody.

About Clottey, Pacquiao said he is training hard as the fighter is bigger and stronger than him. He drew laughter from the crowd when he admitted that he had to skip training that day though to practice singing for the show.

Kimmel suggested that with Pacquiao’s singing ability he could join “American Idol.”

“If they don’t like you, you could beat the crap out of all of them… Simon [Cowell, judge], Randy [Jackson, judge], Ryan [Seacrest, host]… you knock Ryan for no reason, that would be the greatest thing ever.”

Kimmel also brought up Pacquiao’s movie career showing the audience a trailer of Pacquiao’s Metro Manila Film Fest entry “Wapakman,” calling it the “greatest movie ever.”

“That was good stuff,” the host quipped, “I like that… you’re fighting a giant crab. That would be a good bout for you on pay-per-view, you know?”

Kimmel asked Pacquiao if he is going to retire from boxing if he wins in Congress.

Pacquiao cleared that his bout with Clottey is not going to be his last but that he is as yet undecided if he would be willing to juggle a career in boxing and politics and be a “fighting Congressman.”

“It’s hard to decide,” Pacquiao retorted.


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