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THROWBACK: Manny Pacquiao’s Untold Stories From Lisensyadong Kamao

The new Manny documentary opens on March 12. We haven't seen it yet...so we'll just tell you about a Manny movie that we did see: 2005's<em> Lisensyadong Kamao</em>!
by Gelo Gonzales | Mar 11, 2014
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Opening today, March 12, in theaters is Manny, a documentary about the Philippines' favorite son, Manny Pacquiao.

Directed by Ryan Moore and Leon Gast (the same guy who directed the Oscar-winning Ali documentary When We Were Kings in 1996), Manny takes a look at the inspiring life story of Pacquiao, who rose from poverty to become a ten-time boxing world champion, Congressman, and international icon—a story that we're sure no Filipino is a stranger to.

Adding punch to the film is Liam Neeson's narration, who himself is a Manny fan. “What a boxer. He is one of the greats,” the Irish actor said during his most recent guesting in ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Neeson isn't the only Hollywood star enamored by Pacquiao's ring exploits. Another such character is Mark Wahlberg, who watched Pacquiao when he prepared for his Mickey Ward biopic, The Fighter. Wahlberg shares, “Every time he was training at Wild Card Gym, I watched him because my whole approach was, I wanted to look like a Manny Pacquiao-caliber fighter. I didn’t want to look like another actor who’s doing an okay job.”

Other personalities appearing in the documentary include; actor Jeremy Piven; boxers Oscar de la Hoya and Evander Holyfield, singer Dan Hill, respected sportswriters and boxing analysts, as well as the PacMan's friends and family.

Here's the trailer:

                                    



The topics that the documentary discusses should sound very, very familiar to Filipinos. This will feel more like a recount of a historical rise for us, which leads us to think that Manny is geared more towards the international community; for foreign fans who have seen and heard about Pac-mania from a distance.

However, the Manny story is one of sports' most involving tales and is worth reliving again and again, whatever nationality you may be. Which is why we've made a pact with our buddies to watch it soon—and so should you!

This brings us to that other Pacquiao film that we didn't watch when it opened in cinemas: Lisensyadong Kamao. The 2005 film was essentially Pacquiao's life story but with more Eddie Garcia and FHM babes Juliana Palermo and Aubrey Miles.

Prior to Manny, Lisensyadong Kamao was probably the closest silver screen retelling of the Pacquiao story. (No, the Jericho Rosales-starrer doesn't count; we can all agree it was a flaming pile of crap, right?)

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