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.
PARAÑAQUE, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – BFF: Best Friends Forever. Parañaque City Councilor, former film actress and candidate for Philippine senator Alma Moreno took to her Twitter account today to console her friend and party-mate Manny Pacquiao after the latter was dropped by Nike from its product endorsement contract with the Filipino champion boxer.
Nike severed its relationship with the boxer and senatorial candidate after he made disparaging comments about gay men and women, comparing them to (worse than) animals.
Moreno and Pacquiao are in the same senatorial slate of Vice President (and candidate for president) Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). All three are against legalizing samne-sex marriage.
In her Twitter account, Moreno told Pacquiao: “okay lang yan pareng @mannypacquiao, may Advan shoes pa naman” (That’s okay, friend @mannypacquiao, there’s still Advan shoes).
Advan shoes is a brand of Philippine-made sneakers.
It wasn’t clear whether or not Pacquiao was pleased or consoled by Moreno’s comment.
SARANGANI, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Facing mounting criticism and loss of product endorsement revenue from companies like Nike, Filipino boxing champion today announced that he was suspending his campaign to become senator.
Earlier this week, Pacquiao received tremendous flak because of his comments comparing gay men and lesbians to (worse than) animals. He was responding to a question about same-sex marriage.
Pacquiao made the announcement during a telephone interviewwith broadcaster Karen Davila who pressed him on his constant bible-quoting to respond to issues on same-sex marriage.
The congressman from Sarangani, a devout Catholic, said that effectively immediately, he will quit the senatorial race and focus on his upcoming re-match with Timothy Bradley for the welterweight boxing title scheduled April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“Win or lose,” Pacquiao said, “I will pursue the priesthood and hopefully become the pastor of my local church in Sarangani. “I believe it is the Lord’s calling for me to pursue this religious path,” he added.