Pacquiao Belts Songs, Not Faces, At LA Nightclub

We now know how Ricky Hatton spent the day after getting his face turned into hamburger meat by Manny Pacquiao: drinking beers at the pool with his statuesque fiance. But what about the guy who was the meat tenderizer last Saturday night? What did he do to celebrate the victory that cemented his place as the current top pound-for-pound fighter in the world? Well, he sang, of course.

Manny Pacquiao

The LOS ANGELES TIMES says that Pacquiao took to the stage at the Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles on Monday night and gave an enthusiastic crowd a performance, this time belting out songs instead of blows. You see, Pacquiao is already an established singer in his native Philippines, and perhaps has eyes on reaching the English-speaking world as well. After what he’s already accomplished this year, are you going to doubt him?

Video evidence after the jump:

Not bad, although I don’t think he’s going to be getting to the finals of “Manila Idol” any time soon. Still, I’d say he compared quite favorably to one of his recent opponents, the now-retired Oscar De La Hoya, who I hope doesn’t spend his newfound free time rekindling his love for music:

We can only hope that Hatton doesn’t have similar musical ambitions: I would imagine that would go over about as well as Jake LaMotta’s nightclub singing career - unless he has some sort of Cockney rapping talents we don’t know about, like The Streets.

But good luck to Pacquiao - maybe he has something no one else does. Plus, there a hit U.S. song from the 1980s he can cover that’s absolutely perfect for him.

Someone make this happen!