Manny Pacquiao to release "Sometimes When We Touch"

LOS ANGELES Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:58pm EDT

Congressman and boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines trains during a media workout at Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles April 20, 2011 as he prepares to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against Sugar Shane Mosley, which will take place on May 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Congressman and boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines trains during a media workout at Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles April 20, 2011 as he prepares to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against Sugar Shane Mosley, which will take place on May 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Credit: Reuters/Danny Moloshok

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is adding another job to his resume.

The welterweight champion, Filipino congressman and actor is releasing a song on April 28.

Pacquiao's recording of "Sometimes When We Touch" will be released globally before his May 7 WBO welterweight title fight in Las Vegas against American Shane Mosley.

Pacquiao, 32, recorded the song with its creator, Dan Hill, who made it a top ten hit in 1978. Other artists that have covered the song include Tina Turner, Tammy Wynette, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and Engelbert Humperdinck.

"I was immediately drawn by the honesty and the gentleness of his performance. It was like 'wow'," Hill said of Pacquiao.

Pacquiao has performed the song before, on U.S. late night TV show "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" in November 2010. He is due to return to "Jimmy Kimmel" to debut the new track on Thursday next week.

But asked if he would sing for the media in Los Angeles earlier this week, Pacquiao shied away, laughing, and agreed only to pose for photos holding the promotional DVD for the new song.

(Reporting by Lindsay Claiborn; Editing by Jill Serjeant)

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