On Tuesday night, 10-time world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao walked the red carpet for the premiere of Manny, a new documentary that will hit select theaters on Friday, Jan. 23.
While Pacquiao, who is the current WBO welterweight champion and is often considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, was making headlines for the documentary and for calling out the undefeated Floyd Mayweather for a long overdue rematch earlier in the day on Twitter, poker pro Justin "BoostedJ" Smith, who was attending the premiere, shared an interesting story about his boxing idol.
Here's what Smith had to say in Instagram:
"Story time: One day, Manny and I were playing poker for the first time ever together. I ran one of the most aggressive bluffs ever in my career against him and I bet over $100k on the river, he thought for almost five minutes, and finally showed me that he had folded top pair of aces. He started to beg me to show him my hand. I had one of the most nothing possible hands I've ever ended up having, but I had a read on him and decided to go with it.
"Naturally, I don't usually like to show my hands, and didn't want to rub it in his face that I had outplayed or 'fooled' him. I also didn't want to make him upset since he was asking me to do something. So, I asked him three times 'are you sure you want to see my hand?' And he nodded his head energetically and saying yes while anticipating me to show my cards. I showed him an absolute stone cold bluff and when his eyes compared my cards to the board to find the correlation that didn't exist, his eyes darted back up to meet my eyes and his fists clenched up.
"I realized I had pissed off not someone only I had been a big fan of, but someone who happened to be an eight different weight division championship boxer. He abruptly stood up and charged walking over to me, I stood up, and he started roaring with laughter and shook my hand and gave me a back pat hug. He respected the move I had made because he loves competitiveness.
"Manny is an international symbol and at the very top of the list of people I've been in absolute awe by when in his presence. You can feel there is something truly special about him. I'm sure most of any danger including death itself would be thwarted by his perpetual, iconic smile that is so relaxed and cool, that it's haunting. This man is a legend and one of the biggest inspirations to not only myself, but too many people across the planet. I'm so thankful that I've had the chance to take in how he handles himself and how he approaches life with my own eyeballs."
Smith's story is certainly entertaining, but it doesn't really come as a surprise as Pacquiao has been involved in the poker world for years. In 2011, he combined forces with the Asian Poker Tour (APT) to host the Manny Pacquiao World Poker Event at the Pan Pacific Hotel's Asia Poker Sports Club in Malate, Philippines. Earlier that same year, Pacquiao was spotted playing $100/$200 no-limit hold'em at the Commerce Casino while in town to promote his fight against Shane Mosley, something that inspired its own thread on the popular poker forum TwoPlusTwo.
Check out the trailer for Manny, which is narrated by Liam Neeson and features appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Jeremy Piven and Mark Wahlberg: