Manny Pacquiao a Fan of Jon Jones, BJ Penn and Bruce Lee

Written by Tom Ngo
May 6th, 2011

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre starred in the biggest mixed martial arts show to ever hit North America this past weekend. This Saturday, it will be Manny Pacquiao’s turn to take center stage and entertain fight fans.

So why is an MMA news website writing about ‘the other’ combat sport, you ask? Well, it appears Pacquiao is finally starting to become a fan of badass barefoot action.

Although he and St-Pierre have shared gym time while training under Freddie Roach’s watchful eye, Pacquiao mentioned future UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn and current UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones as his two favorite mixed martial artists.

“Pac-Man” has appreciated Penn’s ability as a lighter weight fighter to successfully hop divisions to capture titles, while he agrees with the rest of the world that there is something a little bit more special about the man they call “Bones.”

“I love his athleticism and the way he conducts himself,” Pacquiao told 5thRound of Jones.

Pacquiao also expressed great admiration for Bruce Lee. UFC president Dana White has long-considered him as “The Godfather of MMA” because Lee was preaching the importance of learning multiple disciplines long before the UFC became a gleam in Rorion Gracie’s eyes.

Shane Mosley challenges Pacquiao for his WBO welterweight belt tomorrow night inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Don’t forget to check out their official MySpace pages (Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley) for exclusive content leading up to Saturday’s pay-per-view broadcast. The social media giant is also offering up “Manny Pacquiao Myspace Hijack,” where fans can learn more about Pacquiao’s favorite music, movies and interests.

Fanboys can also enter for a chance to win a pair of signed gloves from the Pac-Man himself.

Please click the media players below to watch MySpace’s exclusive videos of Pacquiao and Mosley:

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