Remember that time when The Undertaker was part of Team Pacquiao?
REMEMBER when The Undertaker was a part of Manny Pacquiao’s entourage?
For those young enough to remember, it really happened.
In September 2005, Mark Calaway, the man behind the persona of WWE legend The Undertaker, was a proud part of the Team Pacquiao crew. Together with fellow wrestler Christian, they joined Pacquiao’s march to the boxing ring.
It was the co-main event in the Top Rank-produced Double Trouble at Staples Center in Los Angeles, which saw Pacquiao fight against Mexican pug Hector Velasquez, while his rival Erik Morales did battle against Zahir Raheem.
Videos of the march are still present on YouTube, where The Undertaker is seen supporting Pacquiao behind main cornermen Freddie Roach and Buboy Fernandez.
Good luck or not, The Deadman’s presence was a big boost for the confidence of Pacquiao as he went on to knock Velasquez out in six rounds, winning the vacant WBC International Super Featherweight Championship.
That victory hiked the Sarangani-born boxer’s record to 40-3-2 (31 KOs).
It was also a time when Pacquiao’s star was on a rise as he soon toppled foes like Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, and greats Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and Shane Mosley before carving out a legendary career of his own.
The Undertaker and Christian were not the last wrestlers to support Pacquiao.
Fil-Am wrestler (and now Guardians of the Galaxy mainstay) Batista joined him in the entourage for his 2009 bout against Hatton.
That also ended in an emphatic fashion, with Pacquiao making the Brit Hatton sleep courtesy of a second round knockout to claim the IBO and The Ring Light Welterweight titles.— Source: Randolph B. Leongson / spin.ph