PacMan to revive boxing show that kickstarted his career
Filipino Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao launched the second revival of Blow-by-Blow on his presser in General Santos City, Philippines this past weekend, with a 10-fight card set to be fought in Mandaluyong City on November 20.
In the presence of the Manila-based media, as well as current political figures such as Mandaluyong Mayor Ben Abalos and veteran boxing analyst Quinito Henson, among others, they recounted the days when he fought on the original iteration of the program, which was shown on PTV, and later IBC-13 in the 1990s which was produced by Vintage Enterprises.
It was in this program that Pacquiao made his Philippine television debut, in which he stopped Dele Decierto in two rounds in Mandaluyong in a July 1995 bout, having entered the bout by winning his first three fights as a scrawny teenager.
He later fought multiple times in the program, including a shock third-round KO defeat to Rustico Torrecampo, and it also featured his first foreign opposition when he scored a second-round TKO of Indonesia’s Ippo Gala in 1996.
The rest, they say, is history.
Twenty years after his TV debut, he first revived it in 2015 and lasted until 2016 when PacMan was elected Senator. In this first revival, he had the help of former North Cotabato governor Manny Piñol and promoter Lito Mondejar, whose son Bobby was the ring announcer in the original iteration.
This time he intends to be part of the program hands-on for as long as he lives.
Blow-by-Blow will be shown every Sunday on One Sports.