Manny Pacquiao finds time for singing

Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao fights. He gets elected to congress in the Philippines. He plays basketball. He shoots pool. He lifts the spirits of millions of his people.

And, of course, he sings.

One of the best parts of the promotion for any Pacquiao fight has become his regular visits to ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" where, after his interview, he sings a ballad. His voice isn't half-bad either.

Pacquiao is scheduled for another appearance on the show Thursday night to promote his welterweight title defense against Shane Mosley on May 7 (Showtime PPV) at the sold-out MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

No official word yet whether Pacquiao will again sing during this appearance, but one of the songs Pacquiao sang on a past appearance on Kimmel's show was the 1970s power ballad "Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill.

In the Philippines, Pacquiao already has best-selling records, but his first single hits the United States when his rendition of Hill's song is released as a CD single and DVD on April 28 on iTunes and Amazon.com.

On Pacquiao's first appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" -- before his fight with Miguel Cotto in 2009 -- he sang "Sometimes When We Touch." Since then, Pacquiao and Hill have been trying to get together to record the song together.

They finally did. Last October, weeks before his 12-round thrashing of Antonio Margarito, Pacquiao took some time during his training camp to hit the studio and record the song with the same production team that brought it to the top of the charts in 1977.

With Hill, who wrote and performed the original, in his corner singing backup, and producers Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin, Pacquiao recorded his own version.

You can check out a preview of the song at www.mannysings.com.

Pacquiao also has plenty of other appearances in the works. On Monday at trainer Freddie Roach's Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif., Pacquiao taped a segment for the popular Comedy Central show "Tosh.0." He is also scheduled for appearances during fight week on CBS's "The Early Show" and "Entertainment Tonight," according to publicist Fred Sternburg.

Hey, how about "Dancing with the Stars" next season?