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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Manny Pacquiao says goodbye to ‘Pac-Man’ and hello to ‘Mr. Hollywood’

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Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell

If Manny Pacquiao were a Hollywood trend, he’d be near the top of the list. It seems that his popularity is growing at a rapid pace and the Hollywood stars have taken notice. Each week, more and more celebrities come out to see Pacquiao train at the Wild Card Gym. It’s got me asking the question has Manny become the new “Mr. Hollywood”?

Last week 2 more Hollywood stars came out to see Manny demonstrate his in-ring skills. Jeremy Piven, the star of HBO’s series Entourage, stopped by a few days ago to show his support. Piven, is no stranger to the Pacquiao scene, he also stopped by to see Manny train for his fight last November against Miguel Cotto.

Mark Wahlberg, a big fan of Manny, also stopped by the same day as Piven. Mark brought his son and nanny with him to watch Pacquiao. Mark Wahlberg has also previously stopped by during Pacquiao’s fight with Cotto.
These two stars visited Pacquiao’s training sessions right on the heels of visits from Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Danny Trejo. For more on these visits, check out my article “Move over Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacquiao is now ‘Dancing with the Stars’”.

According to, numerous other stars have visited Pacquiao during his recent fights Denzel Washington, Lou Diamond Phillips and Mickey Rourke. Other stars have also reached out in attempts to visit Pacquiao Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.

With all these stars stopping by or wanting to stop by, has Manny earned the new nickname of “Mr. Hollywood”? If so, does this mean we can say goodbye to the nick name "Pac Man"?

Casey Greene Sacramento CA “What do you make of all these stars visiting Manny?"

I think it’s a testament to how great of a fighter Manny Pacquiao really is. But, in addition to his boxing skills, he’s also receiving high praise for his personality and his faith in God. I think this also draws people out to be a part of the “Pacquiao Experience”

Joey Preston Davis, CA “Do you think Manny has a career in Hollywood after boxing?”

I do think there will be opportunities. Steven Seagal already said that he wanted to do a film with Manny. But I can see Manny doing appearances on shows like Entourage with Jeremy Piven or small parts in films with Mark Whalberg and Mickey Rourke. Manny might not be the best actor, but he can find a niche in film and television.


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