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LA, Nike, Mario Lopez Send Pacquiao off in Style

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Manny Pacquiao and singer Melissa R. perform at Nike Sportswear Presents Under the Hood with Manny Pacquiao last week at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood | Photo by Tim Hammer (LAist)
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Tonight the entire fight world turns its attention to Las Vegas, the site of the highly anticipated fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto. Last week, however, Pacquiao stood center stage in his adopted city of Los Angeles before a packed crowd of supporters at the Montalban Theater.

The event, dubbed Nike Sportswear Presents Under the Hood with Manny Pacquiao, featured a performance from a team of dancers dressed comfortably in Nike hoodies, music from a house band also dressed in Nike hoodies and the man of the hour -- Pacquiao sporting a Nike hoodie.

While the event may have had all the makings of a big commercial for the Swoosh disguised as a pep rally, it actually was a very spirited gathering of Pacman fans eager to get a glimpse at their man. As expected, the crowd assembled in Montalban erupted when the best pound for pound fighter in the world entered the stage.