Manny Pacquiao movie, narrated by Liam Neeson, will have world premiere in Texas

Feb 26, 2014

Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson serves as the narrator of the Manny Pacquiao documentary titled Manny.

The said film will have its world premiere in the South by Southwest Film Festival and Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.

It is included in the Documentary Spotlight category of the festival, which will take place from March 7-15, 2014.

Manny also includes interviews with actor Mark Wahlberg, comedian Jimmy Kimmel, Jeremy Piven and many other international celebrities and features original music from acclaimed Hollywood composer Lorne Balfe (Inception, Dark Night, Iron Man).

The film chronicles the untold story of Manny Pacquiao—from his impoverished childhood years in war-torn Mindanao, his struggle to survive in Manila by working in construction sites and warehouses after running away from home at the age of 14—to his dramatic rise as a ten-time boxing world champion.

As history's only boxing Congressman, Manny is faced with a new challenge in the political arena.

The film is directed by Ryan Moore and Academy Award winner Leon Gast.

Moore was inspired to create this movie after watching Manny Pacquiao defeat Oscar De La Hoya in 2008.

Gast had previously done the boxing documentary When We Were Kings, which showcased the epic match between boxing legends Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

For Manny the movie, both directors had to go through thousands of hours of film and video footage to create a thorough documentation of Pacquiao’s storied career, beginning with his first few bouts in small venues to his most classic rivalries with some of the greatest fighters in boxing.

The film’s SXSW debut holds some significance for Pacquiao as it was in Texas where he won his 8th world boxing title—a feat yet unmatched in history.

The subsequent Philippine commercial exhibition on March 12 also segues perfectly to his upcoming rematch with American boxer Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on April 12, 2014.

While trainer Freddie Roach had previously mentioned the need for Pacquaio’s undivided attention to knock down Bradley, his fans remain hopeful that the People’s Champ would take some time off to join them in this momentous event.

Manny: the Movie opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on March 12 and is distributed locally by Solar Entertainment Corporation.

LIAM NEESON IMPERSONATES MANNY. Liam Neeson recently appeared as a guest on the 2000th episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

(Watch: Liam Neeson does a Manny Pacquiao impression)

Liam said about the Pinoy champion, "What a boxer! He's one of the greats."

Jimmy asked if Liam is a fan and the Academy Award winner admitted, "I have been for many, many years."

The Hollywood actor (who is known for the action flick Taken) revealed that he has not yet met Manny whom he described as a "fantastic boxer."

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