MANILA, Philippines – “We will not begin the Pacquiao-Bradley fight until the Celtics and Heat finish their playoff game.”
Those words came directly from Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. It’s no secret that Manny Pacquiao is a die-hard Boston Celtics fan and Arum does him and the rest of the sports world a favor by promising that the fight between Pacquiao and American Timothy Bradley will not start until we all find out which team from the Eastern Conference advances to the NBA Finals.
Arum says “Manny, the Heat, the Celtics, and sports fans watching the basketball game won’t have to make a choice between events.” He notes though that the undercard fights will begin as scheduled. Pacquiao and Bradley will face off for the welterweight world title Saturday, June 9 (Sunday morning in Manila). Fans flocked the two boxers’ weigh-in, with Pacquiao tipping the scales at 147 and Bradley at 148.
Celtics Big 3 celebrate with Pacquiao
Right after Pacquiao claimed his 4th world title in 2008 with a victory over Mexican-American David Diaz in Las Vegas, the Boston Celtics led by forward Kevin Garnett, who is a big Pacquiao fan, stormed his locker room to celebrate with him.
The Celtics were fresh off an NBA Finals where they faced off with long-time rival Los Angeles Lakers led by All-Star Kobe Bryant. Boston won that series, 4 games to 2 securing the team’s 17th NBA title.
This year, the Celtics were one win away from advancing once again to the NBA Finals but a stellar performance from 2012 NBA MVP LeBron James helped the Miami Heat fend off elimination and force a game 7. – Rappler.com
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