The relationship between Manny Pacquiao and his head coach Freddie Roach, has transformed over the years from professional to family-like. They no longer limit their relationship to sparring sessions and fight planning, but expanded it to birthday parties, family events and even citizenship changes.
Recently, Manny Pacquiao opened a tattoo parlor and merchandise shop below WildCard boxing gym, in the very same mini plaza. The shop will feature famous tattoo artists as well as new MP merchandise with Pacquiao's new fist logo.
While tiny and still in progress, the shop does seem to be shaping up. It is amazing to me that Manny picked that very plaza for his store location (not central, and away from main traffic view), but I'm sure it has to do more with history and sentimental value of the gym. After all, this is where the perfect pair met and started off on a mind-blowing journey.
I have no doubt that this business will boom, and together with the WildCard boxing club, they will make this little, old, semi-abandoned and undiscovered dozen-shop plaza, into a very popular location for Manny Pacquiao and general boxing fans.
The website is still under construction, but here it is: http://www.mpmerchandise.com/