American boxer Timothy Bradley expressed his support for the senatorial bid of the man he wishes to decisively defeat in the boxing ring on Saturday, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
Speaking at the press conference of their third fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Bradley said that he believes that Pacquiao is the right person to be elected in the Philippine Senate.
“[Pacquiao] is truly, truly, to me, the only one out there that’s gonna do right for the Filipino people,” the American fighter said of the People’s Champ. “He’s for the people. I think he’s the right man for the job.”
The two boxers have undergone rigorous training to finally secure a decisive win. The first match ended in a controversy, with Timothy Bradley winning with a 12-round split decision but not looking the part, after appearing in a post-fight news conference in a wheelchair. The second match in the trilogy saw Pacquiao victorious with a unanimous decision, but not with a knock-out that many of his fans have not seen in a number of his recent past fights.
Some sectors in the Philippines have raised concerns over the telecast of the boxing match as it might give undue advantage to Pacquaio over the other Senatorial candidates. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) eventually ruled that it was in no position to stop the fight from being aired due to three points namely, (1) there was no formal complaint; (2) the fight has not happened yet; and (3) there was no justiciable controversy surrounding the broadcast of the boxing match.
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Top Rank Inc. Bob Arum informed the crowd about some of the technicalities surrounding air time allotted for the campaign of those running for public office in the Philippines. He said that candidates are only allowed a total of 120 minutes of television airtime for their campaign commercials. Then he quipped, “But Bradley already used mine,” making the crowd break into laughter.
Manny Pacquiao has floated the possibility that his fight with Timothy Bradley might be his last. He was criticized by some sectors in his country for failing to attend almost all the congressional sessions when he served as a representative for his district in Saranggani Province, south of the Philippines. This time, the boxing superstar said that he wanted to give more time to his political career after the match with Bradley.