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Fight snapshot: Pacquiao is a hit with Jimmy Kimmel, and vice versa

Pacquiao sings 'Sometimes When We Touch'

Opening skit: Punching pumpkins

Interview, part 1

Interview, part 2

In a conversation with a small group of writers at his Los Angeles training camp the other day, Manny Pacquiao answered a wide range of questions in his typical pleasant but measured, low-key style.

Pacquiao's face lit up with a broad smile, however, and he began laughing, when I asked him about his recent experience on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

It was Pacquiao's U.S. network television debut, designed to promote Saturday's welterweight title fight with Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand.

Clearly Pacquiao enjoyed his appearance on Kimmel's late-night talk show, which is based in L.A.

"He's a funny guy," Pacquiao said. "I'm having fun, you know?"

Kimmel displayed his quick wit with a couple of great ad-libs during his interview with Pacquiao.

For example, when Pacquiao said he's so famous in his native Philippines that he can't even go to the mall without being mobbed, Kimmel feigned horror. "You can't go to the mall?" he said. "Where do you get your Orange Julius?"

Pacquiao also showed off his singing chops, performing a rendition of Dan Hill's 1977 soft-rocker "Sometimes When We Touch" backed by the house band. (Really.)

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