The inspiring rags to riches story of legendary 10-time world champion boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao will be chronicled in the big screen sports documentary Manny, featuring an all-star cast of commentators. Liam Neeson narrates this film about the amazing athlete whose career in the ring began as a fight for survival. The 98-pound 16-year-old Filipino boxer literally fought to put food on the table of his impoverished home.
After becoming a hugely successful boxer, Pacquiao took on a second occupation when he was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines in 2010, and re-elected in 2013. At his peak athletically, the reigning WBO Welterweight champ is challenged with juggling his obligations as an elected official with his sports career. Known by a myriad of nicknames, including “Pac-Man,” he is often referred to now as “The Fighting Congressman.” Among his wide range of interests, Pacquiao has also been involved in professional basketball, acting and singing.
Along with Pacquiao himself, those appearing in the documentary include entertainers Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Piven and Jimmy Kimmel, as well as Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee, famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach, boxing commentator Larry Merchant and the late boxing writer and historian Bert Sugar.
The feature was directed by Leon Gast, best known for directing the Oscar Award-winning documentary When We Were Kings, about the Ali-Foreman heavyweight championship bout in Zaire.
Manny will premiere in theaters and On Demand Jan. 23, 2015.