MANILA, Philippines – If there are still any lingering doubts about the global celebrity status of boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, just ask rapper Pitbull.
The popular recording artist included Pacquiao's name in the lyrics of his latest song, in the same breath as boxing legends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and even actor Tom Cruise.
In his latest single “Get It Started” from his upcoming album "Global Warming," Pitbull shared his humble beginnings and his different travels around the world.
Pitbull did a concert in Manila last year.
“To these rappers I apologize, I know it ain't fair. Only ball I drop, New Year's Times Square. The world is mine, sixth sense, I see the seven signs. Now baby, let's get started for life,” he sings in the song’s introduction.
He then compared himself to Pacquiao and even Cruise in the song’s third stanza.
“Big news, Pitbull. Tom Cruise, Mumbai. All lit up like a December night, like the 4th of July, Vanilla Sky / Thrilla in Manilla, knockin' em out like Pacquiao. New Ali, new Frazier but for now it’s off to Malaysia,” he sings.
“Get It Started” is the third collarboration of Pitbull and singer-songwriter Shakira. Produced by RCA Records, Pitbull also co-wrote the single.
“Get It Started” was released online on last June 29.