The Manny Pacquiao Bobblehead Doll

MannyPacquiao-BobbleHead.jpgOhmygodohmygod I want one. It’ll be handed out to select fans when Manny Pacquiao throws out the first pitch at a San Francisco Giants game on April 21 for “Filipino Heritage Night.” (h/t Fred Sternburg)

Bonus quality promotional hijinks: After the jump, a humorous exchange of words between Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather, Sr., who’s training junior welterweight champion for his showdown with Pacquiao May 2.

The story behind Roach’s gift to Mayweather and the below note — with Mayweather’s response — is here.

Mr. Floyd Mayweather          April 16, 2009

c/o Ricky Hatton Training Camp

Las Vegas, Nevada

Dear Floyd:            

Since Ricky is known for his battle with the scale and to make sure he will have no problem on Weigh-In Day, I have enclosed complimentary bottles of Fighting FIT by Freddie Roach, the 100% Natural Weight Loss Formula.  It’s Caffeine and Ephedra free.

Ricky will certainly look better in the thong he wore in the first episode of “Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7” after taking these and he will find this a much easier pill to swallow than the loss Manny will be prescribing him on May 2.

Three rounds, Floyd.  

Best Wishes,

Freddie Roach

Freddie Roach

Three-Time BWAA Trainer of the Year

(And three more than you have won.)

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board ( He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.