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Mobile Legends Transforms Manny Pacquiao Into a Limited-Edition Skin

It's the first time a living person is immortalized in Mobile Legends.
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World Boxing Legend Manny Pacquiao has become the newest skin for the game’s fighter hero, Paquito. He is, so far, the only living person to be immortalized in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’s (MLBB) collection of hero skins.

“I felt very honored when Moonton approached me for this partnership,” said Pacquiao. “It’s hard to say no when you have a hero inspired by you in the game and now, they will give him a new skin, which will have my name on it. It’s exciting.” 

The skin will not be part of any existing collection (Legend, Hero, Collector, Epic) but will be labeled "Pacquiao Licensed" and will cost 899 diamonds (1497 diamonds if you don't have Paquito). During the first week of its release, there will be a 30-percent discount on the original value of the skin.

William Mei, marketing manager of MLBB for the Philippines said, “We spent a total of four months to create the hero, Paquito. We extracted the spiritual core of Manny Pacquiao and I’m sure our players feel the champion’s spirit when they play him in the game.”

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According to the MLBB team, it took them six months to produce the skin. “Hundreds of photos of Manny were taken and collected to perfectly capture the in-game details such as tattoos, expressions, and other minute details,” added Mei.

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When Mobile Legends released Paquito “The Heavenly Fist” last January 2021, a sales record was set within the first week. On average, one out of every seven Filipino players purchased him. In addition, Paquito has a usage rate of up to three percent in games above the rank of Legend with a win rate of 53 percent.

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The Pacquiao skin will be launched on April 13, 2021, and will be available until September 15, 2021. During the launch, free avatar frames and in-game emoticons will also be awarded to players who will finish in-game events. 

There will also be discounts for the skin on the first week as well as a number of online activities for the players to acquire the skin for free.

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