Japanese firm bets on Pacquiao fist cast

A Japanese metal cast maker is making exactly 888 casts of Manny Pacquiao’s famous left fist and plans to sell them for US$2,945 (about P158,000) each starting this Sunday, a day after the Filipino boxing legend and senator faces Lucas Matthysse in a bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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.

The cast itself, the company said, was created out of “Silzin bronze,” which gives off a golden luster and “possesses outstanding presence and an authentic feeling.”

The stand for the cast is printed with Pacquiao’s signature, Castem said. Made from cherry wood, it is painted in a blue hue “that resembles the flag of the Philippines.”

Pacquiao’s logo was turned into stainless metal, using Castem’s metal injection technology, onto which a serial number is laser-etched. The surface is finished with ion plating, and its golden color enhances the premium quality appearance, the firm added.

The box for the metal fist contains a certificate that guarantees the product, the company said, with a red background. The fist “is golden yellow, the base is blue, and the sign is white: together, they represent the colors of the Philippine flag,” it added.

Delivery of the replicas start Aug. 8 for buyers who reserve a replica on July 15 onward, Castem said. To reserve a cast, enthusiasts may visit the website

Topics: Japanese metal cast , Manny Pacquiao , Lucas Matthysse , Castem Co. Ltd.
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