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Celtics fan Pacquiao will not enter ring until Game 7 ends

Jun 8, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

Manny Pacquiao, world junior welterweight champion, spars during a media day workout at Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles Reuters

Manny Pacquiao already had plans for Saturday night and the Celtics screwed them up.

One of boxing’s biggest draws is set to fight Timothy Bradley at the MGM in Las Vegas on Saturday night, defending his WBO welterweight championship. About 16,000 in house in Vegas, countless more at home watching PPV.

And like a lot of other Celtics fans, Pacquiao suddenly had a conflict when the Heat rolled the Celtics Thursday night in Game 6 to set up a Game 7 Saturday night in Miami.

Fight promoter Bob Arum stepped in to bail Pacquiao out — the main event in Vegas will not start until after the final buzzer sounds in Miami, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at

“Now Manny, the Heat, the Celtics and sports fans watching the basketball game won’t have to make a choice between events,” said Arum, who added that the undercard fights would begin at 9 p.m. “They will be able to watch both.”

Doc Rivers, what do you think of that?

“He’s a Celtics fan. What do you expect?” Rivers said. “Pretty cool, though. That’s cool.”

If the Celtics are going to win Game 7, it’s going to have to be a more physical contest than the one Pacquiao is in.

And if Pacquiao loses, he can just blame LeBron James. Whatever the outcome of the game. Everyone is going to be blaming him for something anyway.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    God what a frontrunner.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    And he’s gonna lose EITHER WAY.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jun 9, 2012 at 7:49 AM

      It is a bad sign that his head is not more into the fight. Certainly seems like he might be setttting himselfg up for a falll. I’m glad I don’t have money on him.

  3. eureca323 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    He called himself a Celtic fan in 2008 then in 2009 after the Laker won it all he switched over to being a Laker fan.

    “””Quote from an article”””””
    But after his encounter with Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant at a pictorial in the United States, Pacquiao declared in his July 12 “Kumbinasyon” column that he is a full-fledged Lakers fan.”””

    Don’t be surprised if the Celtics are knocked out if hes a Heat or OKC fan in the finals.

    • sal11 - Jun 9, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      Normally I’d criticize a guy for switching allegiances like that, but when said guy has the ability to make my nose go through the back of my head, I’ll just say “Go Manny! Go Celtics/Heat/whoever!”

  4. jimw81 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    He’s willing to put a fight on hold for the Celtics but not willing to fight floyd mayweather. Unreal.

  5. gotampabay52 - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Heat knock out celtics then old man fights I be shocked if pac wins this

  6. DonRSD - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Take the test and fight MAYWEATHER.
    Stop running from “random testing up to 24 hours before the fight”

  7. rgf1982 - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    don your clearly misinformed. pacmans agreed to random drug testing for the past 2 years. floyds new excuse is he wont fight manny unless he gets a 60/40 share.

  8. pukpokito - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Why are people talking about the coward..err I mean the jailbird? he is in jail and irrelevant at this point.
    Saturday’s events are the focus here.
    And to the stupid who has selective hearing and can’t read, Pacquiao has agreed to random blood testing….for 2 years now.
    If jailbird is what he thinks he is, then own up to the Pacquiao offer of 45%-45% and 10% to the winner.
    We don’t have a fight because he won’t agree to the purse.Can’t blame him.He knows his 0 is going to g0 and will lose in the money too.

    • nycbravado - Jun 9, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Oh silly Pacquiao fan. Who the hell in the history of Boxing has ever agreed to a 45 even split with 10% to the winner?? Why should he even agree to that demand when Floyd makes more money than Manny? Wanna look who’s stopping the fight?? Check towards Pacs promoter

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Boxing is the only sport where you can refuse Olympic-style testing and not arise suspicion.

  9. pukpokito - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:05 AM–roy-jones-jr–says-floyd-mayweather-wants-no-part-manny-pacquiao.html;_ylt=Aj_rbl2vfQEi4Z2dy_ZgwzILcykA;_ylu=X3oDMTFoZnA0Y2I3BG1pdANCbG9nIEluZGV4IGJ5IEF1dGhvcgRwb3

  10. watermelon1 - Jun 9, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    Anyone else hoping for triple overtime? Or maybe even longer than that?

  11. nokoolaidcowboy - Jun 9, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    But will they finish Mayweather’s regular Saturday night prison raping before the fight begins?

  12. lakerluver - Jun 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    I find it hilarious that NO other fighter has a problem with drug tests and PED’s except for Mayweather. His plan for PacMan is the same one who uses for other great fighters, wait until their older and near the end THEN fight them. Punk!

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