Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao Madame Tussauds wax figure launch delayed

Beatrice Go

BOXING ICON. Manny Pacquiao joins the world's top celebrities and superstars in the prestigious wax figure museum.

Photo from Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao waits a little longer for the launch of his Madame Tussauds wax figure

Manny Pacquiao will have to wait a little more before his Madame Tussauds Hong Kong wax figure will be unveiled to the world.

Boxing’s eight-time division world champion is the second Filipino after 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach who will be honored in the prestigious wax figure museum, which features the world’s top celebrities and superstars.

Although the launch will be delayed, Pacquiao feels honored to represent the country in a “different way.”

“When I was called by Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, I really appreciated it,” said Pacquiao.

“Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is home to wax figures of cultural icons, superstars, celebrities, while being a cultural icon itself. It was a different way to represent my country, the Philippines.”

The 41-year-old Filipino boxer had a memorable experience of going to the UK studio last December to have his body parts measured.

It surprised Pacquiao that the whole process took 6 hours as the Madame Tussauds team paid a lot of attention to details.

“I didn’t know it took a lot of work for the Madame Tussauds team to measure someone for their wax figure. I guess that’s what makes it so realistic,” added Pacquiao.

“It was an unforgettable experience. I thought it would be 1 hour or 2 hours but it was a detailed process – the way they did the wax figure.”

Pacquiao recently signed up with Paradigm Sports Management and put MMA legend Conor McGregor, who is under the same management, on the short list of probable rivals along with Errol Spence and Danny Garcia.

The Senator last faced Keith Thurman in July 2019, dethroning the American for the World Boxing Association super welterweight title through a split decision win. –

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.