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Pacquiao promotional blitz hits Hollywood, record stores

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Manny Pacquiao has positioned his sold-out fight against Pomona’s Shane Mosley on May 7 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas to touch nearly every American.

He visited President Obama at the White House on his first publicity tour earlier this year, and he’ll star in part three of Showtime’s “Pacquiao-Mosley Fight Camp 360″ Saturday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Thursday, the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world released his first single, a remake of the 1970s ballad “Sometimes When We Touch,” by Dan Hill, generating big sales on Amazon.com, according to the boxer’s publicist Fred Sternburg.

And tonight, he’ll appear on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

“It’s important to me to promote the fight and let people know it’s coming,” Pacquiao told The Times on Thursday in a telephone interview before his workout at Hollywood’s Wild Card Gym.

Pacquiao enjoys the attention, such as when stars such as Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Mickey Rourke and Robert Duvall have stopped by Wild Card to watch his workouts.

He’s also an unabashed karaoke singer, and I reminded him Thursday of the scheduled interview in his Hollywood apartment we once had. He’d finished dinner and moved quickly to grab a microphone in front of the television to bust out a karaoke tune.

When told he had to do the interview first, his shoulders slumped.

“I love singing,” Pacquiao said, laughing. “I like you too.”

In a promotional DVD released with “Sometimes When We Touch,” original singer Hill sings along with Manny. Hill and producers Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin have high praise for…

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