Pinoy boxing hero Manny Pacquiao steps into a different ring starting tonight, August 23. He plays the lead star in GMA-7's new sitcom, Show Me Da Manny, where he is paired with the Kapuso Network's current darling, Marian Rivera. Photo: Courtesy of GMA-7


Pinoy boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will unleash a different punch starting tonight.

The reigning Pound-for-Pound King displays his innate comic chops—a side of him oftentimes eclipsed by his fierce ring-warrior image. For his first-ever sitcom titled Show Me Da Manny, the People's Champ will be paired with GMA-7's Primetime Queen Marian Rivera.

It tells the story of Manny Santos (Manny Pacquiao), an amateur boxing champion who inherits a boxing gym (Gym Santos) founded by his parents. Business was doing great until the emergence of a new and more sophisticated competitor called Gym Paredes Fitness Center, owned by neighbor Ella Paredes (Marian Rivera). Incidentally, Ella is the only person in the community willing to confront the neighborhood's feared boxing champ.

Faced with the possibility of losing his clients, Manny sets out to keep his business from being knocked out by the modern gym. But other than steering business operations, Manny soon discovers that his heart is starting to be captivated by the feisty Ella. What follows is a string of comic and funny situations all given to life not just by Manny and Ella but by the entire neighborhood as well.

Completing the cast are Benjie Paras, John Lapus, Rochelle Pangilinan, Paolo Contis, Lovie Poe, Kevin Santos, Tuesday Vargas, Mike "Pekto" Nacua, Lito Camo, AJ Dee, Karl Acosta and 1996 Olympics boxing silver medalist Onyok Velasco.

As an added treat, Manny's equally famous mother, Mommy Dionesia "Pacmom" Pacquiao will add more laughs to the already hilarious program. Mommy Dionesia was given a special role to complement even more the funny cast.

In a recent interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), mainstay John Lapus guaranteed non-stop laughter, bolstered by the fact that the show's cast members are all seasoned comedians honed by variety of sitcoms done in the past.

"Si Manny nakakatawa naman talaga siya," John proudly mentioned. "Meron siyang natural timing when it comes to comedy and I think people knew that even before. Ang maganda lang dito sa Show Me Da Manny, mas may venue siya and chance to show off 'yong kanyang pagiging komedyante."

The first round of gags and laughter courtesy of Show Me Da Manny starts tonight, August 23, after All Star K! on GMA-7.