SINGAPORE – Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, boxing’s only 8-division world champion, made his 7th appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on November 21. It was aired over cable network ABC.
The “Fighter of the Decade” first appeared on the show in 2009 when Pacquiao was training for a welterweight title match with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. (He went on to defeat Cotto via a 12th round TKO on November 14, 2009 to capture the Puerto Rican’s WBO welterweight title belt.)
In Pacquiao’s most recent guesting, Kimmel introduced him as the “ideal Thanksgiving companion because he can mash potatoes with his fists.”
“Are you on a strict diet?” Kimmel asked Pacquiao.
Pacquiao replied, “No, I need to eat a lot to maintain my weight.”
“Same here,” answered Kimmel.
Roach and Arum spoof HBO’s ’24/7′
Kimmel then played a video spoofing HBO’s popular award-winning documentary series “24/7.” The video detailed a fictional match between Pacquiao and Kimmel’s sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez.
Even Top Rank CEO Bob Arum and Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach had roles in it.
In the video spoof, it was Guillermo whom Pacquiao was supposed to have faced 3 times, not Juan Manuel Marquez. Marquez was merely a replacement for Guillermo.
Guillermo then explained the reasons for the failed fights:
“The first time, I couldn’t fight because I ate too much. The second time, I had to take my dog Paco to the vet. And the 3rd time, I got drunk and I overslept.”
It was a hilarious bit to say the least, and showed an easy-going Pacquiao camp having some light-hearted fun prior to a 4th fight with Marquez.
No laughing matter
“You quit drinking, you quit gambling and you quit cock-fighting, but for the first time in 7 years, you (technically) lost the fight,” said Kimmel to Pacquiao alluding to the latter’s loss in the fight against Timothy Bradley in June.
“Will you go back to drinking, gambling and cock fighting?
“You clearly won that fight against Bradley but two of the judges said you didn’t win. Paula Abdul could have done a better job judging that fight,” Kimmel said.
When asked why he chose Marquez instead of an immediate rematch with Bradley, Pacquiao said, “I don’t think I need to prove something to Bradley because it was really a one-sided fight that we had. I have nothing to prove to Bradley.”
Although the mood was light and jovial in the show, there will certainly be no laughing in the ring this December for Pacquiao, who needs a knockout to convince detractors that he’s still in his prime.
Watch Pacquiao’s most recent guesting at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ here:
Pacquiao is now training at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, California, with Roach. He’s scheduled to face Marquez for the 4th time on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao has had 3 previous fights with Marquez: the first one ended in a controversial draw, the second and 3rd via split decision (SD) and majority decision (MD) in favor of Pacquiao. – Rappler.com