'Pitcher' Pacquiao creates uproar at Giants game

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 22 2009 10:45 PM | Updated as of Apr 23 2009 06:12 PM

Thousands of Filipino-Americans trooped to San Francisco’s AT&T Park Tuesday just to watch Manny Pacquiao throw a pitch before the Giants-Padres game.

A report posted on MLB.com said Pacquiao’s appearance at the AT&T Park was part of the “Filipino Heritage Night,” which is an annual tribute to the Bay Area's large Filipino-American population.

The report said Pacquiao created an uproar as he emerged from the Giants dugout to throw the first pitch.

“He received a noisy standing ovation from fans, many of whom were not Filipinos,” said MLB.com writer Chris Haft.

His catcher was Giants Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, who is half-Filipino.

The article also noted that the Giants sold 11,000 extra tickets, generating around $50,000 in charitable proceeds.

Manny's appearance definitely boosted the this year's Filipino Heritage night turnout. The first of two Filipino nights last year was attended by some 5,000 people.

Pacquiao is now in his final two weeks of preparation against IBO and Ring Magazine world junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton. They are scheduled to clash in Las Vegas on May 2.

"He's definitely 100 percent ready to fight right now. We're just maintaining," Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said.

Roach said the Filipino has already knocked out four of seven Hatton "clones" they have been training with.

“This thrilled the unabashedly pro-Pacquiao gathering at the news conference,” said the report.