Manny Pacquiao makes his grand arrival at the Wynn Las Vegas ahead of his WBO welterweight title clash against Jessie Vargas. Photo from Pacquiao's Instagram
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Las Vegas will be more than just a battleground between boxers in the coming days.
After Filipino world champions Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire try to secure victories in separate fights at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 6 (November 7, Manila time), Nevadans will finish casting their ballots on November 8 to determine who wins the US presidential elections.
Seeing as how Pacquiao has crossed over into the political arena, some media members covering the Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas fight couldn’t help but ask who Pacquiao is supporting — Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?
Trump once reached out to Pacquiao to get him to judge a Miss Universe contest.
While he hasn’t met Clinton, Pacquiao has run into Clinton’s husband, Bill, when he and Pacquiao were guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2014.
“It's a good experience to meet them, Clinton and Trump. We know Bill Clinton, he served the country already. Let's wait for the results,” said Pacquiao, who won a congressional seat in 2010 and was voted a senator this year.
“Whatever the decision of the people here we respect that and we know they will chose a good leader for their country.
“Both of them are qualified so I cannot say anything.”
While Pacquiao has shied away from picking sides, Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum openly supports Clinton and has rejected Trump.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao said he wasn’t expecting a sizable crowd to greet him and his entourage when they arrived at the Wynn Las Vegas.
“Na-surprise ako dahil marami pang tao dito,” Pacquiao said. “I thought nakalimutan na ako at nandito pa rin ang dami pa rin sumalubong sa akin. Nakakataba ang puso. Pasalamat sa Panginoon narito ang mga sumusuporta.”
In the Philippines, the fight can be seen live, commercial-free and in high definition on November 6, 9 a.m. on SKY Sports Pay-Per-View.
In the Middle East, the fight will be shown on November 6 at 4 a.m. in KSA and 5 a.m. in Dubai, live (with replays) via TFC.tv. It is also available via OSN, ELife and Mozaic TV powered by Ooredoo.
In the US, it will be shown on November 5 live, distributed by Top Rank PPV.
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