Pacquiao reps the Philippine Senate through mouthguard in Vargas fight
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 02, 2016 11:57 AM
Manny Pacquiao with Dr. Ed dela Vega, DDS, the creator of his "Philippine Senate" mouthguard. (Photo courtesy of Ed de la Vega, DDS on Twitter: @Mouthgrds4Champ)
To the world, Manny Pacquiao is one of the best boxers to ever enter the squared circle. No doubt, one of the all-time greats.
To the Philippines however, he's a whole lot more.
Outside the boxing ring, Manny Pacquiao is an actor, a singer, a professional basketball player and team owner, and most importantly, a lawmaker.
An elected senator of the Republic of the Philippines, Manny was very active in senate hearings up until the session went on break, and when he steps into the ring against Jessie Vargas on November 5th, he'll be representing not just the Philippines, but the Philippine Senate as well, through his mouthguard.
Against Vargas, Manny will be sporting a red, white, and blue mouthguard with the seal of the Phlippine Senate in the middle, and it was created by none other than mouthguard maker to the stars, Doctor Ed de la Vega, DDS.
"We wanted a humble design for manny at this point because it tells us about the kind of man that he is a humble man who is now a senator and a world champion boxer." de la Vega told ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles.
Doctor Ed added that while many fighters opt to put their names or their monickers on their mouthguards, the eight-division world champ doesn't need to do this because everyone knows who he is.
"A simple design with a logo, that's all he needs. He doesn't need to tell everybody who he is because he's already known for who he is."
Manny Pacquiao challenges Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight championship on Saturday, November 5 (Sunday, November 6, Manila time) at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.