Manny Pacquiao: Renaissance Man

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

The only thing folks have been able to talk about around here is the upcoming Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight happening Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Billed as "The Fight of the Century," speculation on the outcome abounds, but one thing is for sure, regardless of his reputation as a world champion pugilist, Manny Pacquiao's larger-than-life persona is almost as fascinating as watching him in the ring. 

Born in Kibawe, Bukidon, Philippines, Pacquiao was raised in poverty - so much so that as a teenager, he had to drop out of high school due to the fact that his single mother could not support her six children on her meager income. Pacquiao rose from abject poverty to not only become one of history's most renowned boxers, but the only octouple champion in history - meaning he won world titles in eight different weight classes of boxing.

Beyond his prowess in the ring, however, Pacquiao has some serious - and seriously fascinating - hobbies. This man clearly has never met a challenge he wouldn't meet. The 37 year old is an actor, an incumbent in the Philippine House of Representatives from his home district of Lone District, was drafted into the Philippine Basketball Association in 2014, actively endorses politicians from his secondary home country, the U.S. (e.g. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA)), and also released one full-length Tagalog album Laban Nating Lahat Ito, as well as several singles and collaborations in both English and Tagalog.


Ryan Gosling and Will Ferrell stop by Jimmy Kimmel Live

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" moved to a new time slot this week, and in doing so, interrupted beloved QVC segment hosted by Will Ferrell and Ryan Gosling, "The Knife Guys." It sounds weird, but whatever, any reason to post Ryan Gosling is a good one. Watch him start to lose it when Will attacks some of his baked goods with a knife around 3:30. You're welcome.