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The Mixtape Of Champions: What Manny Pacquiao Listens To Before His Fights

Ika nga ng ating Pambansang Kamao, "Para sa'yo ang...playlist na 'to!"
by Gelo Gonzales | Nov 21, 2014
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Manny Pacquiao is a known Appreciator Of Music. 

After beating people to a pulp, he sometimes sings in his own concert. When he isn't busy with the thousand other things he does, he occasionally makes his own albums. In the U.S., he's been known to serenade late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel and do duets with Will Ferrell. We also believe that in the very last fight of his career, he will grab the mic from the designated national anthem singer and sing "Lupang Hinirang" himself—as sort of a literal swan song to his prestigious career.

Before that happens though, Manny will go against young gunner, Chris Algieri in a fight dubbed "Hungry For Glory," on November 23, Sunday. When we had the chance to visit his training camp in GenSan, one of the things we noted was the music that Pac was playing while he worked on the mitts. Here's that particular chunk:

Blondie’s "Heart of Glass" – This old disco classic is the most upbeat as it’s going to get.

Dan Seals’ "One Friend" – Does this remind him of his long-time confidante and trainer, Buboy Fernandez?

John Legend’s "All of Me" - Is this a metaphor of how Manny gives his 100 percent in training?

Whitney Houston’s "Try It On My Own" – THIS is Manny Pacquiao’s jam.

Of course, four songs is not exactly what you'd call a mixtape. We need more. Fortunately, our Pambansang Kamao has released today a motivational playlist available exclusively on music streaming service, Spotify. The playlist was compiled by the champ himself, and contains 12 songs, ranging from pop hits to tried-and-tested sports-related tunes!

Check it out:

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Five key takeaways:

1)   Pacquiao really likes Katy Perry's "Roar," aka this generation's "Eye Of The Tiger." He used the song as his entrance music in his fight against Brandon Rios. 

2)   Holy crap, check out item number two. Pacquiao actually has his own hip hop song made by rapper Willie Wilcox. It came out in 2008. "Dis is Manny Pacquiao, and it's time to rock!" You go, Manny!

3)   Pacquiao's an international superstar but he loves music made by Pinoys. See entries number six and 12 from Rico Blanco; song number four, which is from the Arnel Pineda-fronted band, Journey; and Apl.de.ap and the rest of the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling." 

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4)   No boxer's playlist is truly complete without song number nine. It just has to be there.

5)   In the same vein, Queen's "We Will Rock You" is right up there with "Eye Of The Tiger" in terms of pumping us up.

On a final note, we're definitely trying out this playlist the next time we go to the gym. Baka sakaling maging kasing lakas kami ni Manny!

The playlist, which features a range of OPM and international hits, has been posted on Manny’s official Spotify profile page, Facebook page and Twitter feed. The Spotify playlist can also be found here. Sign up on Spotify now at www.spotify.com!