New Pacquiao biopic to focus on childhood, family

Posted at 03/19/14 11:29 PM

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao poses for members of the media at the Wild Card Boxing Club. Reuters/ David McNew

MANILA - Another Manny Pacquiao biopic is in the works, this time focusing on the boxing icon's family and childhood, according to film director Paul Soriano.

Speaking with ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual, Soriano said he was commissioned by Pacquiao to make a feature film that will "go in-depth about his childhood, how he was born, how he grew up."

Soriano did not say if he will direct the project.

Unlike the first Pacquiao biopic released in 2006, which starred Jericho Rosales as the Filipino boxer, Soriano said the new film will not have much screen time dedicated to the sport.

"I'm not really going to touch much about boxing," he said. "I really want to show the Filipinos that he's definitely more than a boxer. I want to show the foundation of a champion. I want to go deep inside the character of Manny."

"We've been spending about the last four years together, and to create a film about this hero, specifically about his childhood, is very, very exciting."

Aside from his boxing career, Pacquiao's personal life has been well-documented over the years. The incumbent congressman of Sarangani has four children with wife Jinkee.

Born in Bukidnon, Pacquiao grew up in General Santos City with his five sibligns. His parents, Rosalio and Dionesia, separated when he was in sixth grade.

The announcement of Pacquiao's upcoming biopic follows the recent release of "Manny," a feature length documentary narrated by Hollywood actor Liam Neeson about the Filipino's boxing career.