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Filipino Senator Manny Pacquiao gestures at his home in Manila during an interview with AFP in this photo taken on November 11, 2021.

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Manny Pacquiao, a meager bundle of punching energy in the early 1990s, was one of the top draws of the “Blow-by-Blow” cards at the height of the fight show’s popularity.

The sport’s only eight-class champion is still the event’s biggest name as he spearheads his return after a five-year hiatus. However, the ring icon hopes it won’t be long before the next superstar fighter emerges from the ranks of fighters ready to take their shots in the animated project.

“My decision to revive ‘Blow-by-Blow’ is long-term, and I hope the public will join me in the search for the next Filipino boxing hero,” Pacquiao, a former senator, said on the eve of the program’s reboot. Sunday night at Mandaluyong City College.

In the main event of the 64-round card is former junior amateur Criztian Pitt Laurente, whose name is far behind hardcore fighting fans for now. By scrutinizing aspiring fighters, Pacquiao hopes they will not only gain mainstream recognition but also whet the public’s appetite for intense gang action.

“I’m really excited to be in the presence of these ambitious young warriors,” Pacquiao said.

Once the hottest name at the event for his colorful personality and raw strength, the future Hall of Fame is spearheading the resurgence of the local boxing promotion. In his corner are two-time world champion Gerry Peñalosa and veteran matchmaker Art Monis, whom Pacquiao has appointed to handle the logistics of the event.

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