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WATCH: Backstreet Boys salute Manny Pacquiao in Manila concert

Alexa Villano

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WATCH: Backstreet Boys salute Manny Pacquiao in Manila concert
'The Backstreet Boys want a rematch,' says Nick Carter

MANNY FANS. The Backstreet Boys say they are big fans of the people's champ and want a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Backstreet Boys are apparently big fans of Manny Pacquiao. 

During the group’s concert on Tuesday, May 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena, the boys talked about the Filipino boxing champ to loud cheers from fans. (READ: In Twitter pics: Backstreet Boys in 2015 Manila concert)

“And I’ll tell you – we, the Backstreet Boys, want a rematch,” Nick Carter told the audience. “Next time, it needs to be here.” (WATCH: PH fans make awesome Backstreet Boys Dubsmash videos)

“Thrilla in Manila, part 2, baby![…]” Howie D and Brian added.

“We’re big Manny Pacquiao fans,” Nick added, which got the crowd cheering.


Brian Littrell also came out wearing a shirt with the Pacman icon, which may or may not be a nod to Manny’s nickname. 


Additionally, the boys also commended one more Filipino superstar. Howie Dorough not only told the audience of his Filipino godmother, he mentioned Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo, who he collaborated for the song “I’ll Be There,” for one of her albums.

“Not only is my godmother Filipino from here… but I also personally had a chance to sing with one of the greatest artists here in the Philippines, Sarah Geronimo,” Howie said.



Pacquiao lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr last Saturday, May 2 in Las Vegas. The highly anticipated match was attended by Hollywood stars and athletes, who took to social media to air their sentiments about the fight afterwards. (READ: Hollywood celebs at the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight

Pacquiao is set to undergo surgery on his shoulder after suffering an injury, according to his adviser Michael Koncz.  –

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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.