Japanese firm bets on Pacquiao fist cast
Castem Co. Ltd. announced Wednesday it would start pre-sales of Pacquiao’s fist figurine—sure to be a collector’s item once the former eight-division world champion announces his retirement—on July 15 after “Pacman” battles Matthysse for the Argentinian’s World Boxing Association welterweight title. The company will also sell 88 limited-edition casts at the fight venue, KL’s Axiata Arena, for just $2,800 (about P150,000). The surface of the limited model, Castem said, “is made with special ion plating, resulting in a unique finish with an even greater sense of quality than the standard models.” Calling the figurine “History of Manny Pacquiao,” Castem said it used technology developed in Japan “to accurately recreate… the veins, wrinkles, and even the pores” of the boxer-senator’s southpaw, which the native of General Santos City used to claim fame and fortune in sports -- and later a political career. The company said it made a mold with Pacquiao’s actual left hand during his visit to Tokyo in February this year in cooperation with MP Promotion Japan. He sunk his left hand in casting materials for about 10 minutes, “and then Castem produced the original mold by applying its precision casting technology.” Part of the revenue from the product will be donated to Pacquiao’s charitable institution, the Emmanuel & Jinkee’s Heart Foundation, said Castem—which is a featured sponsor on the boxer’s trunks.