Lem Satterfield

Pacquiao and Kimmel: a winning combination

Three things you can rely on: death, taxes and Manny Pacquiao appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

A 32-year-old, eight-division titlewinner, Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) will make his fifth appearance on the popular late-night talk show nine days before his third match-up with WBO and WBA lightweight titleholder Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum told RingTV.com on Wednesday.

Having battled Marquez through a draw and a split-decision victory in two prior meetings as featherweights and junior lightweights, Pacquiao faces Marguez at a catchweight of 144 pounds.

Pacquiao debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live in November of 2009, prior to dethroning Miguel Cotto as WBO beltholder by 12th-round knockout later that month.

He was also on the show prior to his unanimous decision welterweight defense against Joshua Clottey in March of last year, as well as before earning the WBC’s since-vacated junior middleweight belt with a unanimous decision over Antonio Margarito in November of last year.

Pacquiao was on Kimmel’s show for the fourth time prior to the May 7 defense of his crown, when he unanimously decisioned five-time titlist, Shane Mosley.

Pacquiao’s initial appearance was shown just days after Halloween. It began with him punching pumpkins and ended it with him singing “Sometimes When We Touch” with the Jimmy Kimmel Band.

In between, Pacquiao was introduced by Kimmel as “The Pride Of The Philippines,” asked if he preferred being called, “The Pac-Man,” or, “The Mexicutioner,” and responded,

“My Dog,” when the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live asked him, “Do you play Pac-Man [the video game] at all,” and, “Do you know what Pac-Man is?”

Throughout that first show, nearly every move or comment made by the cross-over star was cheered or laughed at by a largely Filipino audience.

During his third appearance on the broadcast prior to facing Margarito, Pacquiao unveiled the fact that one of his first acts as a newly-elected Filipino congressman was to introduce a bill that would grant citizenship in the Philippines to his trainer, Freddie Roach.

Pacquiao also introduced a cologne, MP-7, named in honor of his seven belts in as many divisions, and promised to come up with MP-8 if he earned an eighth crown against Margarito, which he did.

Pacquiao closed out that effort with a duet of John Lennon’s classic, “Imagine,” alongside comic actor Will Ferrell.

Backstage, Pacquiao met Benji Madden and Joel Madden, members of the rock group, “Good Charlotte,” and was interviewed in his dressing room by reporter, Ines Sainz, who has been employed by Top Rank Promotions.

In addition to Kimmel, Pacquiao is slated to be interviewed on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Oct. 28, as are Arum and Roach, a five-time Trainer of the Year.

Pacquiao has won 14 straight fights, eight of them by knockout.


Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com

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