Pacquiao may do a movie before next fight
People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao will again be busy as a bee once the year 2009 begins.
Several commitments, commercial endorsements, and a movie project, are expected to be lined up for the boxing champ even before he returns to the boxing ring.
Pacquiao said he is open to such projects, depending on negotiations.
"Depende siguro pag may nakipag-usap," the boxer said during his despedida party before leaving for the US Tuesday night.
The movie, in which he will play the leading role, will be directed by known Filipino director Carlo J. Caparas.
According to the Philippine Star, Pacquiao also finished a commercial shoot for telecoms giant Smart during his short stay in Manila.
Pacquiao returned to the Philippines two weeks ago to join the country's celebrations after his sensational victory over boxing great Oscar de la Hoya.
The Filipino defeated de la Hoya via TKO in eight rounds in their December 6 Dream Match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The boxing champ left for the US Tuesday night to be with his wife Jinkee, who is expected to give birth to their fourth baby.
Meanwhile, the fight against British slugger Ricky Hatton is close to being finalized, according to Top Rank’s Bob Arum.
“It’s 80 percent done,” Arum was quoted by Pacquiao adviser Wakee Salud.
Salud said that if Pacquiao will face Hatton, the Filipino should get 65 percent of the purse.
“Manny getting 65 percent and Hatton getting 35 percent is the ideal split. Hindi puwede parehas (It can’t be an even split),” he said.
“Si Manny na ang malaki dapat (Manny should get the biggest slice),” added Salud. This would mean another multi-million-dollar fight for Pacquiao in May.
Pacquiao, the pound-for-pound king, has becomoe boxing's biggest attraction after doubts were erased by his big win over Oscar dela Hoya last Dec. 6.
For the Dream Match, Pacquiao agreed to a 32 percent share of the total purse with 68 percent going to de la Hoya, the former undisputed king of pay-per-view.
Pacquiao, however, said he will be waiting for results of the negotiation before giving his decision.
"Marami pang aasikasuhin bago matuloy ang laban... siguro antayin na lang natin," he said. -- With a report from The Philippine Star and Getchen Fullido, ABS-CBN News