Regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time, Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao has put his name to Bali’s latest sports bar development. Originally from the Philippines, the highly decorated sportsman has signed a deal with the Dynasty Group to open the Pacman Sports Bar and Lounge on the Island of the Gods.
Pacquiao, known to many simply as Manny, or Pacman, is a four-times welterweight world boxing champion. He has served as a Senator in the Philippines government since 2016 and even ran for president in the 2021/22 elections. Pacquiao appears to be seizing the opportunity to expand into the Indonesian market as a proud sportsman, businessman, and politician. He is a prominent public figure and is followed by over 7 million people on Instagram alone.
Speaking at a lavish launch event on Wednesday 14th September, Pacquiao shared his newly found affection for Bali and his hopes for the project. He said, ‘So I am very grateful that Dynasty Group has invited me to be a part of this business. I am very happy… It’s my first time here in Bali to see how beautiful places are, and of course, I can say now that Bali is a good place to go and vacation. Especially to bring your family’.
He continued to tell reporters about his love of Bali and how it reminded him of home. He said, ‘People here are similar to those in the Philippines, the face is the same, the culture is similar, and the language is also similar’.
Pacman Sports Bar and Lounge is being created by Dynasty Group, the company behind ERA VIP Club that will soon open on the resort island. Both venues will be on Jalan Batu Beling in Seminyak. The club is set to introduce a ‘new era’ of nightlife and entertainment to the area. No date has been announced for the opening of Era, but the company is already promoting the club on social media, advertising membership, and VIP perks.
According to Elgerome Garcia, a representative of Dynasty Group, the Pacaman Sports Bar and Lounge will present an opportunity to help the recovery of Bali’s economy. Garcia said, ‘We are looking for ways that we can help local communities to be able to create more job opportunities. Of course, also in the hope of helping more people’.
The Pacman Sports Bar and Lounge is described as an ‘exclusive VIP sports bar and lounge’. It is noted as being ‘backed’ by Manny Pacquiao, but it has not been confirmed whether he has personally invested in the project. During the press conference, he simply said, ‘I am interested in investing in this business’.
Pacquiao, high profile visit has caused quite the stir. He has been chauffeured with a police escort, and he and his wife have stayed at some of the island’s most luxurious hotels. Pacquiao is joined on the trip to Bali with his wife, Jinkee Pacquiao. They have enjoyed time at The Apurva Kempinski Hotel and The Edge Hotel in Uluwatu.
Local news reports have likened Pacquiao’s stake in the new sports bar to that of celebrity lawyer Hotman Paris; a major stakeholder in Canggu’s latest beach club venue, Atlas Beach Fest. The venue opened amidst controversy for the parent company’s operations across Indonesia. The company found itself in the middle of a blasphemy scandal after creating a drinks promotion that was considered deeply offensive to the country’s majority Muslim population.
Nevertheless, Atlas Beach Club opened its doors and has become Bali’s biggest one-stop entertainment venue. The development caused even more of a scandal just weeks after opening as it was discovered that they opened to the public before all their licenses and permits were formally granted.
No date has been announced for the opening of Pacman Sports Bar and Lounge. The facility remains under development in Batu Beling, in Seminyak. The club is close to other popular venues like Mari Beach Club and Kahuna.
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