Pacquiao promotional blitz hits Hollywood, record stores
He visited President Obama at the White House on his first publicity tour earlier this year, and he'll star in part three of Showtime's "Pacquiao-Mosley Fight Camp 360" Saturday at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Thursday, the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world released his first single, a remake of the 1970s ballad "Sometimes When We Touch," by Dan Hill, generating big sales on Amazon.com, according to the boxer's publicist Fred Sternburg.
And tonight, he'll appear on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
"It's important to me to promote the fight and let people know it's coming," Pacquiao told The Times on Thursday in a telephone interview before his workout at Hollywood's Wild Card Gym.
Pacquiao enjoys the attention, such as when stars such as Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Mickey Rourke and Robert Duvall have stopped by Wild Card to watch his workouts.
He's also an unabashed karaoke singer, and I reminded him Thursday of the scheduled interview in his Hollywood apartment we once had. He'd finished dinner and moved quickly to grab a microphone in front of the television to bust out a karaoke tune.
When told he had to do the interview first, his shoulders slumped.
"I love singing," Pacquiao said, laughing. "I like you too."
In a promotional DVD released with "Sometimes When We Touch," original singer Hill sings along with Manny. Hill and producers Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin have high praise for Pacquiao's vocal effort.
Pacquiao said although he's busy with boxing and his work as a congressman in the Philippines, he'd like to ultimately make a full album of songs, perhaps including his duet of John Lennon's "Imagine" he sang with Will Ferrell on Kimmel last year.
"It depends on my schedule, it's just the single right now," Pacquiao said. "Thank you."
Photo: Manny Pacquiao with strength coach Alex Ariza during a workout last week for the media at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood. Credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images