Drake Impersonates Manny Pacquiao at the ESPYs, Sings ‘Let It Go’ [VIDEOS]
By Anne Lu | July 17, 2014 8:27 PM EST
Drake proved that he isn’t just a Grammy-winning artist, he is also an outstanding Manny Pacquiao impersonator. The Canadian rapper’s skit at the ESPY Award as the Filipino boxer singing “Let It Go” drew some big laughs.
Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines smiles during a news conference in New York August 6, 2013. Pacquiao will fight Brandon Rios of the U.S. in a welterweight match at the Venetian Macao in Macau on November 24. REUTERS/SHANNON STAPLETON
On Wednesday, the viewers of the ESPYs did a double take as the “YOLO” singer posed as Pacquiao in a hilarious skit. The 3.5-minute video sees Drake as the champion boxer recording the popular “Frozen” song.
“Sometimes, people only want Manny Pacquiao to fight all the time. I can’t fight for the rest of my life, you know,” Drake, as Pacquiao, said, perfectly imitating his thick accent.
“Pacquiao” then explained how “Let It Go” has affected his life before recording an awfully off-key version of the Disney film track.
When asked by his music producer Bernie Champion if he’s worried about Mayweather, faux Pacquiao innocently answered, “Well to me it’s warmer in July so I’m not really worried about the May weather, you know.”
The video of course refers to Pacquiao’s penchant for singing, which people tolerate, or even encourage, because of his fame.
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If Drake’s shirt is familiar to Pacquiao fans, it’s because the real man himself wore a similar shirt when he recorded “Sometimes When We Touch” with Dan Hill a few years ago.
Drake drew positive reviews from his ESPYs hosting. From his opening monologue to his recorded skits, the 27-year-old “Best I Ever Had” singer poked fun at headliners in the show, including Donald Sterling’s racism scandal, Johnny Manziel’s texts and Lance Stephenson’s ear-blowing incident with LeBron James.
Apart from his Manny Pacquiao skit, Drizzy also showed a funny skit featuring Blake Griffin. In the four and a half-minute video, Drake and Blake (or Blake and Drake) try different stunts to discredit one another after a disagreement over their movie’s title. Even Chris Brown got involved.
The ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an award show presented by U.S. cable network ESPN to recognise the achievement of athletes.
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