We end our supposed Manny Pacquiao month of this series with his most famous track, "Sometimes When We Touch". The song is, by far, the most well known of Pacquiao's music career and given how out of tune his mother was in "Wrecking Ball", which we posted last week, this will be a pleasure to ears.
Pacquiao, and the song, were derided in some corners for being poor but in reality it's a pretty harmless and average track that's nothing great but certainly not as harmful to the ears as his mother's singing. It's clear the "Pacman" has put thought and effort into this and there is certainly a lot worse out there.
We promise that in October we will look to shake things up a little after some months that have been focused around mostly one thing, such as Guts Ishimatsu, Thai greats and Manny Pacquiao.
Following his excellent victory over Vusi Malinga we saw Hozumi Hasegawa (26-2, 10) take on once beaten American challenger Nestor Rocha (21-1, 7) in what looked like a very interesting match up on paper. This was a voluntary for Hasegawa, who was seeking his 9th defense of the WBC title, whilst Rocha was looking too announcing on the world stage in his first world title bout.
Usually in boxing we hear about all the negative stories, the bad news, the criminals involved in the sport. One thing that we don't hear much about are the positives stories, the ones where fighters use the sport to improve people's lives and make life better for people.
One person who has, famously, turned his boxing career into a positive is former 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Sakamoto.
Sakamoto was put into care at a young age before finding boxing, which essentially saved him. He was always a quiet fighter, preferring to let his hands do the talking.
When he retired he began working with children in care, and this documentary, made by NHK and shared by the Sugita Boxing Gym shows not only clips rom Sakamoto's in ring career but also some of his work with kids.
The documentary is only half an hour long but shows a lot and is great insight into a true hero of boxing.
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.
Right, we promise to leave Thai boxing icons alone for a while after this one, as we again include a cheesy song from Samart Payakaroon, who is joined by Khaosai Galaxy and Somluck Kamsing, a trio that have previously been included in one of these articles in the past.
The song is called "เมียพี่ไม่รู้", which translates as "I Don't Know" is again pure cheesiness and clearly seems to have had it's video done with the fighters having their tongues well in their cheeks. It's based mostly around a somewhat aging Samart being flanked by women, before talking to Khaosai and Somluck in some speaking segments. Parts of the video wouldn't look out of place on a modern day R'n'B video, but that's juxtaposed against the 3 fighters who are all showing their ages.
The humour here is great and the story of the video is certainly a funny one that ends with Samart sporting a black eye from his wife.
It's silly, it's daft, it's cheesy and it's different. Compared to the other Thai video's we've included this month the is one of the longer ones, but we have no issue with that. Sadly, however, we have no idea what the lyrics mean!
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.