Ito ay dahil sa bagong karangalang ipinagkaloob sa kanya ng Madame Tussauds sa Hong Kong — ang wax figure niya na halos perpekto ang pagkakagawa.
Sikat na wax museum sa buong mundo ang Madame Tussauds, na unang itinayo sa London ng French wax sculptor na si Marie Tussaud noong 1835.
Mga wax figure ng mga sikat na personalidad ang makikita sa dalawampu’t isang sangay ng Madame Tussauds sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo.
Isang malaking karangalan para sa mga popular na personalidad na maging imortal sa pamamagitan ng wax figure nila na likha ng mahuhusay na wax sculptor ng Madame Tussauds.
Si Pacquiao ang ikalawang Pilipino na nagkaroon ng wax figure sa Madame Tussauds sa Hong Kong.
Nauna nang pinagkalooban nito si Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach noong March 2019.
Umani ng mga papuri at paghanga ang mga larawan ng wax figure ni Pacquiao na inilabas ng Madame Tussauds Hong Kong ngayong Martes, November 23.
Bukod sa kamukhang-kamukha, detalyado ang pagkakagawa — kabilang ang mga buhok niya sa kili-kili — sa buong kaanyuan ng Pambansang Kamao.
Ito ang pagsasalarawan ng Madame Tussauds Hong Kong sa official website nito tungkol sa wax figure ni Pacquiao na pagpapatunay ng kanyang international superstar status sa larangan ng boxing:
“Tourist favourite Madame Tussauds Hong Kong introduces another global icon to its roster, as world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao joins other superstars in the famed wax attraction’s Asian flagship.
“Pacquiao’s inclusion comes just a month after he announced his retirement from the sport. Pacquiao joins Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach as the only Filipinos to have their own likeness created by the wax artists at Madame Tussauds, with Pacquiao as the first Filipino male to have his own installation in the attraction.
“Making the wax figure extra special, Pacquiao donated the boxing garb that his wax figure wears, and considers them to be among his lucky garments throughout his boxing career.
“Pacman (Pacquiao’s monicker) fans will be delighted to see our take on Manny Pacquiao at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. From the attire, the physical features and details, and even the setup, it will be like watching the boxing star in action,” says General Manager, Hong Kong Cluster Eric Mak.
“The Pacquiao wax figure is set in a boxing ring, giving fans around the world the chance to take fun snapshots with him in action. The Pacquiao in the ring attraction at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is a fitting tribute to one of boxing’s greatest athletes, whose over 25 years in the sport saw him slam boxing records and go up against other boxing greats.
“Pacquiao started his professional boxing career in 1995 and retired only this October at age 42. He is the only boxer to become a champion in eight divisions and to clinch 12 world titles. Some of his most notable fights include bouts with Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, and Floyd Mayweather.”
Tuwang-tuwa si Pacquiao nang makita nito ang wax figure niya na gawa ng Madame Tussauds wax figure experts kaya lubos siyang nagpapasalamat sa oportunidad na ibinigay sa kanya.
Pahayag niya, “I am amazed at the final product. It looks so much like me. I am excited for my fans to see this and get to take pictures.
“It’s like being together in the boxing ring. I’m honoured to be chosen for this opportunity, and grateful to Madame Tussauds for their wonderful work on my wax figure.”