Why Pacquiao movie director chose Liam Neeson as narrator

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 22, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS – Plans are being made to bring the story of Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao to a wider audience.

“Manny the Movie”, a documentary on the life of the Filipino boxing icon, just finished its limited run in the Philippines. It also had a successful debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas last month.

“The reception for the film has been really good so far. Everyone feels we had a festival screening in Texas and a limited run in the Philippines and so far everyone is touched by it,” co-director Ryan Moore said.

Moore said plans are underway for a major worldwide release to bring the fighting congressman’s life story to the film festival circuit.

“We’re just looking for a wide release coming in the near future,” he said.

The movie follows Pacquiao over a four-year span and features a star-studded cast, including narrator Liam Neeson.

“I wanted to use a narrator that understood the boxing struggle,” Moore explained. “After doing some research, there were a few celebrities, a few Hollywood actors I wanted to use and one of them was Liam Neeson. Because growing up in Ireland, he was a boxer. He had something like 40 amateur fights. In fact, that signature broken nose he has is actually from boxing.”

Neeson and Pacquiao have yet to meet personally.

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