Manny Pacquiao impersonator fools the crowds in Manila

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SHOWS: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (APRIL 23, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) 1. FILIPINO BOXER MANNY PACQUIAO DOUBLE, JOHNNY DAGAMI (RIGHT) AND ROMEO JAMERO, AN IMPERSONATOR OF COACH FREDDIE ROACH, POSING FOR

Manny Pacquiao impersonator fools the crowds in Manila

SHOWS:

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (APRIL 23, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. FILIPINO BOXER MANNY PACQUIAO DOUBLE, JOHNNY DAGAMI (RIGHT) AND ROMEO JAMERO, AN IMPERSONATOR OF COACH FREDDIE ROACH, POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE STREET

2. FILIPINO BOXER MANNY PACQUIAO DOUBLE, JOHNNY DAGAMI, POSING FOR A ‘SELFIE’

3. DAGAMI LIMBERING UP IN BOXING WRAPS

4. VARIOUS OF DAGAMI AND JAMERO PUTTING ON A SHOW OF SPARRING IN FRONT OF SMALL CROWD

5. FILIPINO BOXER MANNY PACQUIAO DOUBLE JOKING WITH TRICYCLE DRIVER WHO WAS FOOLED BY HIS APPEARANCE

6. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) TRICYCLE DRIVER RAFFY GUADALUPE SAYING:

“I was very surprised when I saw Manny out here. It left my jaw hanging, but when I took a closer look, it was a different person. But it really surprised me when I thought it was Manny.”

7. PHOTOGRAPH OF JOHNNY DAGAMI IN A GROUP WITH THE REAL MANNY PACQUIAO

8. JOHNNY DAGAMI SHADOW BOXING

9. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) MANNY PACQUIAO DOUBLE, JOHNNY DAGAMI, SAYING:

“I often see their expressions like ‘oh there’s Manny’ and some of them would rush to me for a picture or ask if I’m really Manny Pacquiao.”

10. PEOPLE TAKING PICTURES OF DAGAMI AND JAMERO

11. PEOPLE JOINING DAGAMI AND JAMERO FOR PHOTOGRAPH

STORY: A Manny Pacquiao look-a-like is enjoying the buzz during the build-up to the fight between the real Filipino boxer and USA’s Floyd Mayweather.

With boxing gloves in hand, Johnny Dagami has often been mistaken as the Filipino boxing champion.

A former factory worker, he has made a living from his appearance.

Together with his partner “Coach Freddie”, impersonating Pacquiao’s real trainer Freddie Roach, Dagami practises sparring in the neighbourhood, often fooling passers-by.

“I was very surprised when I saw Manny out here. It left my jaw hanging, but when I took a closer look, it was a different person. But it really surprised me when I thought it was Manny,” said tricycle driver Raffy Guadalupe.

Dagami’s impersonation career started in 2002 when people noticed how his facial features and voice closely resembled that of the Filipino boxer.

He joined up with his neighbour Romeo Jamero, who impersonates Pacquiao’s coach Freddie Roach, and together they have appeared in various shows and served as opening acts for Pacquiao’s big events and parties.

Dagami said he had met Pacquiao several times and even played as his stunt double in a movie back in 2008.

“I often see their expressions like ‘oh there’s Manny’ and some of them would rush to me for a picture or ask if I’m really Manny Pacquiao,” he said.

With Pacquiao’s biggest match coming in a few days, Dagami said he was also preparing for a big performance at a luxury hotel in Manila where he will be singing and rooting for the Filipino boxer.

The fight on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas between Mayweather and Pacquiao is expected to be the highest grossing bout in history.

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