Casino games provider Ganapati has secured an exclusive deal to develop a new slot game based on Filipino boxing legend and Senator Manny Pacquiao.

The Manny Pacquiao slot set for release in September will feature imagery of Pacquiao and provide funding to the Manny Pacquiao Foundation, supporting children's education in the Philippines.

The agreement coincided with Pacquiao's return to the ring against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas at the weekend, which he won in a split decision.

“This opportunity is extremely exciting for us as it represents Ganapati's considerable growth within the industry,” said Ganapati Europe Holding and Ganapati Malta CEO Juliet Adelstein. “We're delighted to be involved in this project with the octuple champion Manny Pacquiao – a true global superstar. It is wonderful to know the extent to which Ganapati is now being recognised in the industry.”

Hayato Terai, chief legal officer of Ganapati and Ganapati Malta, added: “Manny Pacquiao has defeated countless powerful players in the past – no matter how strong his opponent, he always faces them head on and without fear. This mental strength of his can be seen not only in his role as a pro-boxer, but also as a politician and future leader of the Philippines.

“Manny Pacquiao is the most successful and respected athlete in Asia and an incredibly skilled and determined politician. It is an honour to be able to produce his official game.”

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