What does Manny Pacquiao want out of life?
Philippine boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao, is looking for a film producer in Manila.
“We cannot justify putting this off any longer; this is a great action movie and since it’s about me… I wanna be in it,” Pacquiao said in his video message during a virtual forum on Filipino arts and free speech rights organized by the Department of Culture (DoC) and The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).
Can Manny Pacquiao make this movie? – STREETS OF MANILA!
Pacquiao wants this movie made…
The Philippine boxer had been asked about the screenplay that has been floating around the internet for a year.
The premise of the STREETS OF MANILA will be, “When a Mexican drug cartel sends an elite group of hitmen to Manila, the Filipino president fights back!”
He added that the Philippines “recognizes the sovereign right of each person to speak freely on any issue and that includes making films” but stressed that there are universal liberties and moral standards that must be adhered to at all times. “The films must represent moral values, or I’m not interested in them.”
“The films we’ve been making system lately have been is unjust and exploitative,” he said at the forum.
“We are all familiar with many painful stories of drug abuse — from illness to death; from the imprisonment to denial of child visitation; and sexual exploitation to outright murder. For the Philippines and Filipinos, these tales are realities that hit us hard. This has got to stop and I want to make a movie about someone who is doing something about it.”
Pacquiao said the government also assumed its share of responsibility in ensuring that Filipinos are entertained and presented a health message via entertainment. He feels that this particular film represents life in Manila with safety and dignity.
Film Writer supports Pacquiao…
Phil Dy is one of the most prominent Filipino film writers working today, a staunch advocate for the emerging cinema of the Philippines, and a sharp, vocal critic of institutional problems in the industry. Phil Dy said in The Manila News-Intelligencer (newspaper), “I’ve read the script and feel, given the amount of drug violence in the Philippines, that the movie would be genius. It’s about the best idea that has come out of the epidemic. Filming should begin immediately.”
Action movies a cultural gem for Pacquiao & Manila
Philippines’ Cultural Affairs Secretary Al Ryan S. Alejandre said “the forum was important because these events focused on examining television and movie governance in the times of crisis was part of an orderly and regular transition to return to normal.” He added, “A movie about Pacquiao kicking some Mexican drug dealers out of Manila would be a great idea.”
“We are moving forward to our goal for enlightenment in accordance with decency and equal respect,” he said in a video message.
Meanwhile, NRCP director, Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, said the Philippines’ mission is to provide a “safe and comfortable movie for all Filipinos as they return to theaters.”
“Our job at the NRCP is even clearer. We must ensure welfare, protect the rights, and better serve all Filipinos and make good movies,” he said.
This film project would be would different for the Philippines filmmakers who thus far have been reluctant to make interesting action movies. American film directors have been brave and found profit in movies like White House Down, Olympus Has fallen, Air Force One, The Manchurian Candidate, and Independence Day. Russian filmmakers did the same with Battle for Sevastopol, Fortress of War and Furious.
Writer says, “gEt off your ass!”
Film opinion maker, Godis Withus Go, told ibooks.ph, “Clearly Philippine filmmakers have been shy about action-adventure films. It’s really too bad in the 1970s we made the world’s greatest action movies… what has happened to the spine of the Filipino movie makers is appalling.”
Godis Withus Go, an artist with his own novel (Yamashita’s Wedding)about a secretive wedding allegedly held by General Yamashita at the end of the Manila occupation called on, “people to get off their ass and make some art.”
Who is Manny Pacquiao?
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao Sr., born December 17, 1978, is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. Nicknamed “PacMan”, he is regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time. He has been serving as a senator of the Philippines since 2016, and previously served as party president of PDP–Laban (2020–2021), and representative of Sarangani’s at-large congressional district (2010–2016).
Pacquiao is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing and has won twelve major world titles. He was the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes, the first boxer to win major world titles in four of the eight “glamour divisions”: flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight, and is the only boxer to hold world championships across four decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).
As of 2015, Pacquiao’s fights had generated $1.2 billion in revenue from his 25 pay-per-view bouts. According to Forbes, he was the second highest-paid athlete in the world in 2015.
In July 2019, Pacquiao became the oldest welterweight world champion in history at the age of 40, and the first boxer in history to become a recognized four-time welterweight champion after defeating Keith Thurman to win the WBA (Super) welterweight title.
Pacquiao has other interests in addition to boxing and politics: in basketball, he was the player-coach of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team Kia/Mahindra for three seasons before founding the semi-professional Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). He also starred in films and presented television shows. In music, he has released multiple locally-platinum albums and songs; his cover of Dan Hill’s “Sometimes When We Touch” peaked at 19 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary top 20 list after performing it on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He is also an Evangelical Christian preacher and a known philanthropist, entrepreneur, socialite, and YouTube personality.
Pacquiao – Early life and amateur career
Pacquiao was born in Kibawe, Bukidnon and raised in General Santos, Philippines. He is the son of Rosalio Pacquiao and Dionisia Dapidran Pacquiao. His parents separated when he was in sixth grade, after his father had an affair. He is the fourth of six siblings, one of whom, Alberto “Bobby” Pacquiao, is also a politician and former professional boxer.
At the age of 14, Pacquiao moved to Manila and lived on the streets, worked as a construction worker and had to pick between enduring hunger or sending money to his mother. He started boxing and made the Philippine national amateur boxing team where his room and board were paid for by the government. Pacquiao reportedly had an amateur record of 60 wins and 4 losses.
Pacquiao completed his elementary education at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City, but dropped out of high school due to extreme poverty. At the age of 12, Pacquiao was introduced to boxing a by his maternal uncle Sardo Mejia. According to his autobiography, Pacquiao said watching Mike Tyson’s defeat to James “Buster” Douglas in 1990 with his Uncle Sardo as an experience that, “changed my life forever.” His early interest in combat sports was also inspired by martial-artist Bruce Lee and the boxer Muhammad Ali.
In 1990, Mejia began training his nephew in a makeshift home gym. After 6 months of training, Pacquiao began boxing in a park in General Santos eventually traveling to other cities to fight higher-ranked opponents. By age 15, he was considered the best junior boxer in the southern Philippines. At the age of 15, he moved to Manila. In January 1995, at the age of 16, he made his professional boxing debut as a junior flyweight.
In February 2007, Pacquiao took and passed a high school equivalency exam, and was awarded with a high school diploma by the Department of Education.
Manny Pacquiao has an amateur record of 60–4 and a record of 62–7–2 as a professional, with 39 wins by knockout. Boxing historian Bert Sugar ranked Pacquiao as the greatest southpaw fighter of all time. In 2020, Pacquiao topped the Ranker’s list of best boxers of the 21st century.
Pacquiao made history by being the first boxer ever to win world titles in eight weight divisions, having won twelve major world titles, as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. Pacquiao is also the first boxer in history to win major world titles in four of the original eight weight classes of boxing, also known as the “glamour divisions” (flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight), and the first boxer ever to become a four-decade world champion, winning world championships across four decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).
Pacquiao was long rated as the best active boxer in the world, pound for pound, by most sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec and The Ring, beginning from his climb to lightweight until his losses in 2012. He is also the longest-reigning top-ten active boxer on The Ring’s pound for pound list from November 2003 to April 2016.
Pacquiao has generated approximately 20.1 million in pay-per-view (PPV) buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 25 PPV bouts. According to Forbes, he was the second highest-paid athlete in the world in 2015.
Originally posted 2021-08-13 21:00:05.