THE OVERNIGHT success of Michael Pacquiao’s rap album caught a lot of people by surprise. Including himself.
“The first time I realized when the song ‘Pac-Man’ blew up, and my other song ‘Only You’, it blew up also,” said the 18-year-old artist on a recent interview with Myx VJ Samm. “That’s when I realized, oh people actually like it. It was something I never expected.”
Michael revealed that he had recorded the entire album (which you can listen to now on Spotify) entirely in his room. His parents, boxer-politician Manny and his wife Jinkee, were aware that he was producing an album, and were quite happy that it had suddenly spiked in popularity.
“They were happy, they supported me. I would just be in my room, making music, and they would just check up on me. It blew up somehow, and they were like, congratulations. They were happy. They kept telling me, ‘O, you’re sikat na,’” he recalled with a laugh.
The first major taste the mainstream world got of his talent was when he dropped the song "Pac-Man," his collab with Michael Bars.
He said: “I think they’re deciding to use that as the main song for when my dad comes into the ring. It’s crazy. If that happens, we’re gonna have to perform it. Me and my friend Michael Bars. Shoutout to him. It’s his song. People thought it was my song. It’s not my song. It’s Michael Bars and Michael Pacquiao. People got confused, but that’s his rap name.”
But it was Michael Pacquiao's song "Hate" — which he performed on the Wish Bus live music show, where it racked millions of YouTube views — that really got people’s attention.
When asked about that song, Pacquiao said: “This song is mainly about people that didn’t like me, or people that judged me because I’m me. For me, that’s ‘Hate.’ People who lie to my face. People who are just, like, fake. You know, plastic.”
He told the VJ that the feelings behind this song came from personal experience.
Another song that was very personal for him was his newest release, “Angel,” which came out at the tail-end of August. “Angel is about a girl I like,” he said. “And I call her angel because that’s what I see [in] her. She’s like an angel to me.”
When pressed further about this girl, the soft-spoken rapper demurred, saying: “I won’t say anything, no comment.”
Watch the full interview here:
Recently, Top Rank Promotions chair Bob Arum has been talking about a possible November matchup between Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Terrence Crawford. But a message sent to Spin.ph early last month from the Pacquiao camp dismissed speculations of the fight as "1,000 percent nonsense.”