With the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight having recently wrapped up, I thought that now would be a pretty good time to review Manny.
Manny is of course the story of Manny Pacquiao, one of the greatest boxers of our time. The documentary begins just before he started boxing as a means to support his family, and ends shortly after Pacquiao’s fight with Tim Bradley.
So how does Manny fare?
- Well shot
- Good pacing
- A wide range of interesting interviews with many of the important people in Pacquiao’s life
- Doesn’t focus on just boxing and gives us insight into the many things that influenced Pacquiao
- It would have been nice to get some interviews from people who weren’t personally close to Pacquioa, such as his opponents
- Only hints at some of the shadiness that goes on outside of the boxing ring
- Doesn’t really explore Pacquiao’s vices, which are only briefly brought up in the context of his relationship with his wife
- Did Liam Neeson really have to narrate this? I don’t feel like he brings anything extra to the role of narrator, and it would have been better to get a boxing expert in to narrate this story
Manny is a perfectly functional documentary which is entertaining to watch because of Pacquiao’s natural charisma. Unfortunately, it never delves deeply into any of the issues that come up in the film, choosing instead to give you a “broad strokes approach” before moving on to the next thing in Pacquiao’s life.