Sep 302011

MANILA, Philippines – Members of Irish boy band Westlife said Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao will not be able to make it to their concert at the Araneta Coliseum on Thursday.

Pacquiao’s ongoing training in preparation for his upcoming bout with Juan Manuel Marquez made it impossible for him to take part in the group’s second Manila show.

Nicky Byrne explained, “Unfortunately, it’s not gonna happen. I spoke to his secretary this morning and he can’t get out of his training camp at the moment. Freddie Roach won’t let him.”

Aside from Pacquiao, Westlife members have shown interest in working with international singing sensation Charice Pempengco.

Mark Feehily has praised Pempengco’s singing prowess.

“We’re a big fan of her, and I talking to her on Twitter, she said she’s also a Westlife fan. She’s got a phenomenal voice, world class,” he said. –Report from Gretchen Fullido, ABS-CBN News

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Sep 292011

Irish pop band “Westlife’s” Nicky Byrne is so excited to meet Philippine boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao that he told GMA News Online, “I would be grateful to just shake his hand and get a photo.”

Westlife is in the Philippines for their “Gravity Tour 2011″ concert at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Thursday. This is the band’s fourth concert in the country so far.

Byrne, the oldest Westlife member at 32 years old, made quite a noise among Filipino fans on Twitter not just because of their concert but also because of his public singing invitations to Pacquiao.

A week before Westlife’s visit to Manila, Byrne (@nickybyrneoffic), on Twitter, invited Pacquiao to sing with the band.

Byrne tweeted: “@MannyPacquiao Hey Manny, Nicky from Westlife here we doing a show in Manila soon, heard you singing one of our songs in the past, duet soon!”

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