Pumping iron, jumping rope in the gym, and relentless daily physical fitness regimes are natural components in the schedules of top boxing champions as seen in the rugged exteriors of popular boxers, Sugar Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather and other greats.
Whether the athlete is a welterweight or heavyweight has minimal relevance in the minds of today’s world of boxing fans as the popularity of the champion or competitor is contingent not only on his division or current fight records but also on his ability to touch the minds and hearts of his fans. In essence, who they are out of the ring counts.
Popular Boxer, Manny Pacquiao, “The People’s Champ”, has arrived to a new height of success.
We know he is the current WBO Welterweight World Champion, one of the fastest boxers on his feet when it comes to fighting in the ring. We know that he is one of the most sought after athletes for interviews by ESPN, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, CNN, and NBC to start with and the list goes on.
Just as Yahoo News and MSN bring us headlines that grab our attention and steer our personal conversations with our friends and family into the directions of their top headlines, Manny has revealed a side of him to the world recently that has affected us all in a surprise kind of way enough to where we are all talking about it at the office and on the subway, and it’s not about his boxing career.
Pacquiao’s recent musical recording of the hit ballad, SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH, brings to mind Star 98.7, Classic love songs, sitting on the beach and reminiscing about someone we used to know and love and in some cases someone who we love and spend time with today.
Pac-Man is stirring the emotions of love and hope in America and around the world during a time where top 40 radio has tended to push shock value topics in the lyrical storylines of Grammy Winning artists. Manny is setting a new trend to challenge those who shock by presenting his raw feelings under his rugged exterior of a champion boxer through his soft singing vocal style reminiscent of the legendary Christopher Cross.
The fact that Manny has charted in the top 10 with his recording reflects the world’s embracing him as a reputable Singer .Hearing him sing, “I want to hold you until the fear in me subsides”, is poignant as it shows a sensitive side to Pac-Man. Through his soft vocals and the music backing him he has awakened the world to its humanity in that he is speaking the words that human beings need to hear to feel hope for their daily lives and futures.
With original lyrics written by Dan hill and musical score by Barry Mann, the first release of the song sung by Dan Hill raced up the Billboard Charts peaking at #3 on the Top 100 Charts making its mark as one of the top successful ballads in music history.Now with Manny’s new version on the airwaves, the public has spoken. Manny’s recording has risen to the impressive position of Number 7 on Top 10 Billboard Charts.
It is apparent that the public is giving a signal to Manny and the legendary team surrounding the production of this hit single that there is a new resurgence for the demand for love songs on the airwaves.
It’s time. Great job, Manny.