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Manny Pacquiao: New 'Manny' motion picture captures the imagination at SXSW 2014

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"Manny" the motion picture made it's official American debut on March 12th, at the world renowned, ten day entertainment festival, "South by Southwest", which takes place every year in Austin, Texas. The 106 minute documentary was featured at a special screening in a SXSW satellite location, and seemed to captivate audience members, surprising even the most enthusiastic and ardent Pacquiao fans in attendance.

The well crafted film is narrated by 1994 Oscar nominated actor Liam Neeson, and begins with Manny discussing and contemplating why he is a prizefighter. The humble Flipino icon talks about the ethical dilemma surrounding the vehicle that brought him out of poverty and inspired millions in the process.

Throughout the engrossing documentary, we learn about the eight division world champion's roots and how he was a fisherman when he was growing up in the Sarangani province of the Philippines. The Pacman surprisingly credits this experience for initially developing his physical strength, which subsequently puts him in position to find success through boxing.

From that point, the audience embarks on a journey that introduces various personalities, family members, and events which had a profound influence on Pacquiao's storied life and career.

The majority of the presentation understandably focuses on boxing, and the ripple effect the sport has had on everyone directly and indirectly influenced by Manny's life. But you don't have to be a boxing aficionado to enjoy the touching and powerful film.

It's a heartfelt and inspirational documentary that showcases the idea of how one person's actions can have a positive or negative ripple effect that impacts countless lives around the world. The story is surprisingly powerful in its presentation and really hammers the idea that each of us have a responsibility to others, whether it's recognized or not.

Of course there are several light-hearted moments that are chronicled throughout his adult life, like his stint in the motion picture industry, as well as his earnest attempt at being a singer.

For the die hard fans of Manny's boxing career, the film highlights some of his greatest performances in the ring; bouts with Ledwaba, Barrera, Morales, Solis, Diaz, Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and many other intriguing stories told on the light blue canvas.

"Manny" the documentary is a must see for not only fight fans, but anyone who truly enjoys a very well made human interest story about life, love, passion, and spirituality. It's a surprisingly emotional story which promises to move most audience members to tears.

Even the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fans.
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