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Manny Pacquiao Strikes A Deal With Timothy Bradley

Front page story in the Philippine Star
Front page story in the Philippine Star

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (The Adobo Chronicles,  San Francisco Bureau) – Filipino champion boxer Manny Pacquiao promised that he will allow Timothy Bradley to knock him out on April 9 if the American two-time former WBO welterwieght title holder campaigns for him on television.

Pacquiao is running for a seat in the Philippine Senate in the May 9 elections, but strict rules from the elections body (Commission on Elections, or COMELEC) prohibit candidates from using television airtime to campaign if it creates an undue disadvantage to other candidates.

So Pacquiao made a deal with Bradley, and Bradley agreed.

During their televised pre-fight news conference on Wednesday, Bradley publicly voiced his support for Pacquiao’s senatorial bid. “He is truly, truly, to me, the only one out there that’s gonna do right for the Filipino people,” he told reporters.

So, if you planning to watch Saturday night’s Pacquiao-Bradley fight in Las Vegas, we’re sorry to be a spoiler: Bradley will win by a knockout in the 7th round.

A deal is a deal.

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San Francisco, Los Angeles Airports Ban Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao
Pacquiao

LOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Filipino boxer and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao may not make it to Las Vegas for his April 9 fight with  Timothy Bradley, Jr. Here’s why:

Both the Los Angeles and San Francisco International Airports have banned Pacquiao from passing through.  There is no direct flight from Manila to Las Vegas.  International passengers heading for Las Vegas have to stop at the L.A. or San Francisco airports which are major ports of entry.

The ban is the result of Pacquiao’s early public comment comparing gay men and women to “worse than animals.”  L.A. and San Francisco are known to be a mecca for the LGBT community.

Earlier, Pacquiao was banned from an upscale mall in Los Angeles also because of his anti-gay comments.  This is the second time that the boxer has been banned from The Grove mall. He was similarly banned years ago when he “castigated” LGBT’s by quoting bible verses (Leviticus) condemning homosexuals and homosexual behaviour.

So it looks like Pacquiao will not only be able to shop or see a movie at the L.A. mall; he will not be able to travel to Las Vegas for his boxing match on April 9.

Perhaps, he will just focus on his senatorial campaign in the Philippines.

For First Time Ever, Filipinos Will Not Get To See Pacquiao’s Upcoming Fight On TV

June 9, 2012: Reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-2-2, 38 KOs) lost a very controversial twelve round split decision against unbeaten WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
June 9, 2012: Reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-2-2, 38 KOs) lost a very controversial twelve round split decision against unbeaten WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Every time Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao fights in the ring, it goes without saying that Filipinos will get to see him and his opponent.  Live. On TV. In the Philippines.

It has been said that each time there is a Pacquiao match, the Philippines comes to a standstill. Traffic becomes unbelievably light, crime rate drops to zero, everyone is glued to television sets, and even the anti-government rebels declare an unofficial ceasefire.

Well, that’s not going to happen when Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada —  his third match with the American welterweight champion.

It has to do with politics and Philippine law.

You see, Pacquiao, an incumbent congressman, is running for a Senate seat in the May 9, 2016 Philippine elections.  By law, candidates running for office must get equal time on television, which means that if shown on TV in the Philippines, the Pacquiao-Bradley fight will put all other Philippine Senate candidates at a disadvantage in terms of television exposure.

A commissioner of the Philippine Commission on Elections has already warned Pacquiao that if his fight is shown on TV in the Philippines, he will have to face serious consequences.

Rowena Guanzon said that Pacquiao will have to refrain from the boxing ring during his campaign for a Senate seat in the coming May 9 elections.

So, instead of dropping from the senatorial race, Pacquiao agreed that his fight will not be shown on Philippine television at all.

Pacquiao fans, however, are urging him to drop his senatorial bid instead so that they can watch his match with Bradley, live on TV, on April 9.