"Manny" documentary gives in-depth look at Pacquiao's rise to stardom

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 6, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – As Manny Pacquiao focuses on his upcoming rematch against Timothy Bradley, fans will get a first hand look into the Pacman’s life, as the documentary “Manny” premiers in Austin, Texas at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival in March.

During his Beverly Hills press conference, Pacquiao told ABS-CBN News that he is excited that the movie is coming out in March, and he’s happy that he’ll be able to give inspiration to people.

The documentary is directed by FilAm Ryan Moore and Academy Award winner Leon Gast, known for the Muhammad Ali and George Foreman documentary “When We Were Kings”.

“Manny” follows the fighting congressman around the world over four years.

“You can expect to see a side of Manny you’ve never seen,” Moore said. “We’ve been filming four years now so we followed Manny everywhere. You’ll definitely get an inside look into [his] life.”

Pacquiao said that the cameras followed him constantly everywhere.

The official trailer posted on YouTube on Jan. 30, has already gotten over 800,000 hits in one week.

Pacquiao says, he’s excited to show an in-depth look at his life outside of the boxing world and his rise from poverty to become a global icon.

With Academy Award-nominated actor Liam Neeson narrarating, the film features many celebrity cameos from Mark Wahlberg to Jimmy Kimmel and Jeremy Piven.

While the movie is hoping to make a splash at Southwest Film Festival from March 7-15, the Philippines will also get the first peek at it when it hits Philippine theaters on March 12.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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