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Manny Pacquiao takes in a Knicks game in New York as he makes the rounds on his final press stop to promote his April 12 rematch with Timothy Bradley

MELO-ING OUT. Former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao poses with Knick forward Carmelo Anthony after the Knicks-Trail Blazers game. Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao took a break from promoting his rematch with WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley on April 12, checking out the New York Knicks’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Pacquiao, who is an avid Boston Celtics fan and even delayed the ringwalk for his first fight with Bradley in 2012 so he could catch the finish of a Celtics game on TV, is in New York on the second and final stop of his press tour.

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The former eight-division world champion Pacquiao (53-5-2, 38 knockouts) of General Santos City got a chance to meet with NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony, Grammy Award winning singer Ashanti and actress Hillary Duff while at the game as he made the media rounds, which included a stop by the ESPN2 talk show “Olbermann” and the FoxSports1 show “Crowd Goes Wild,” which is hosted by TV icon Regis Philbin.

Pacquiao poses with Grammy Award winning singer Ashanti at the Knicks game. Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Pacquiao will face Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) of Palm Springs, Calif. for the second time. In their first match, Bradley won a disputed split-decision. Bradley has since defeated Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez, while Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez in his following fight before rebounding with a decision win over Brandon Rios last November in Macau.

Pacquiao shakes hands with Carmelo Anthony. Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

The Knicks lost the game 94-90 but Anthony managed a solid stat line, scoring 26 points and pulling down 8 rebounds.

Pacquiao is all smiles on the set of "Olbermann". Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Pacquiao-Bradley will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be distributed in America by HBO PPV. – Rappler.com