We continue Manny Pacquiao month by taking a diversion this Friday but a rather interesting diversion as Pacquiao's mother, Dionisia Pacquiao, "blessed" the world with her rendition of "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus.
If we're being honest we though Manny was a bad singer but it turns out he's a better singer than his mother who...well...lets just say she sounds a million times better on mute than she shoes with volume.
We'd say "enjoy this mess" but there's no enjoyment to be had here, it's just a total tuneless mess....the sort of thing you'd send over to someone you hate...her voice really is a device for wrecking things, mostly your ears.
In 2009 Japan's Hozumi Hasegawa (25-2, 9) the then WBC Bantamweight champion faced off with mandatory challenger Vusi Malinga (18-2-1, 11), with Hasegawa seeking his 8th defense of the title. Today we look at that bout in the latest fight given the English language treatment,
The bout is, for us, one of the most significant bouts of Hasegawa's career, and also one of the most meaningful bouts in Japan in 2009. A very interesting and notable bout at the World Memorial Hall in Kobe.
It's a short bout, but an action packed one!
We continue our month of songs featuring Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. Today we feature the official music video for his track "Lalaban Ako".
This is certainly nothing too special, but is one of his lesser known songs, and has a video that very much looks like a charitable track, rather than a song by a boxer.
The song isn't great, the video looks like it's a mixed mess and it's certainly nothing to get too excited about. We understand that the video did bring attention to Pacquiao's great work outside of the ring, for the kids in the Philippines, but it certainly isn't an amazing music video.
In saying that it does feature some interesting stuff, including his KO of Ricky Hatton and some training footage, but yeah we're not in a rush to rewatch or relisten to this.
This week's Asian fight being dubbed over with English commentary is the 1998 bout between a then little known Manny Pacquiao (22-1, 13) and Japanese fighter Shin Terao (10-2-1, 1). The bout is Pacquiao's only one in Japan and is a rather peculiar oddity. Not only is it his only bout in the Land of the Rising Sun, but it was also a non-title bout, despite Pacquaio being the OPBF Flyweight champion.
Notably just a bout after this Pacquiao won the WBC Flyweight title, stopping Chatchai Sasakul in a massive, and often over-looked, win.
In August we spent a month featuring Thai videos, mostly songs from Samart Payakaroon, and for September we've changed focus on to.... Manny Pacquiao, who himself had a rather interesting time with music. Of course being one of the greatest fighters of all time is one thing but that talent with is fists didn't equate to being a great singer.
To begin the month of Pacquiao songs we've gone with a performance Pacquiao did alongside comedian Will Ferrell.
Having one non-singer is bad, having two is really awful, and having one of the most over-played songs of all time really doesn't do this any favours.
Enjoy something that we suspect you won't be wanting a second dose of!
For this week's fight with English Language commentary we've gone to one of the biggest names in Japanese boxing, as we cover Koki Kameda (19-0, 12) and his bout with the hapless Delores Osorio (0-5). This bout from 2009 was an odd one, with TBS trying to portray Osorio as a fighter with more than 20 wins.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.