|Photo grabbed from Jimmy Kimmel Live's Youtube channel
MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao made his third appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! late night show, unfettering his boxing gloves to sing “Imagine” on Monday (Tuesday, in Manila).
The Fighter of the Decade sang along with comedian Will Ferrell, drawing a large applause from the studio crowd during and after the performance.
“Imagine there’s no country. It isn’t hard to do,” Pacquiao crooned in the duet.
“No, it isn’t,” replied Ferrell while inserting humor in the song.
Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told FanHouse.com he was surprised at how the boxer was applauded by a “mostly white” audience, as opposed to a predominantly Filipino audience who watched in the studio earlier.
“It was totally the opposite. Nevertheless, they loved him just the same,” Koncz said.
Pacquiao’s adviser added that the boxer originally didn’t approve both the singing and the song choice originally.
"(Only) after meeting Will Ferrell, and rehearsing it, (Pacquiao) felt that it would be a lot of fun, and it was enjoyable for him and it was a great evening,” he said.
The video of the performance has already been uploaded on YouTube.com.
Pacquiao’s appearances on the show have been regarded to signal good results in his upcoming fights.
He first appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in November 2009, just 2 weeks before deposing Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto as World Boxing Organization king in the 12th round.
He made a return in the late-night show in March 2010, before winning a unanimous decision over Ghana’s Joshua Clottey.
The boxer is set to battle Mexico’s Antonio Margarito at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas this November 13.
This video is from Jimmy Kimmel Live's YouTube Channel: