It’s good to be king. It’s even better to be Manny Pacquiao, apparently. Pacquiao, who is not only an eight-division world champion and a Congressman, is also a die-hard Boston Celtics fan. And with Game 7 of the Celtics-Miami Heat playoff game beginning just hours before Pacquiao enters the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to defend his WBO welterweight title against undefeated world champion Timothy Bradley, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum isn’t even going to try to beat City Hall.
“I’m not waiting for Manny’s request on this one. We will not begin the Pacquiao –Bradley main event fight until the Celtics and the Heat finish their playoff game,” said Arum.
“Now Manny, the Heat, the Celtics, and sports fans watching the basketball game won’t have to make a choice between events, they will be able to watch both. However, the action-packed pay-per-view undercard will begin as scheduled at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.”
The Heat vs. Celtics Game 7 match-up is scheduled to begin at 8:30 PM on Saturday night. Barring overtime, it would finish up hopefully no later than 11:30 PM, to give you a gauge on when you could potentially expected the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight time to be moved to.
I know they’re trying to lure in more people to buy the fight, however, for the people who have paid for the card already, they may have some extra time on their hands to waste before the main event begins. With three undercard fights scheduled, if those fights end early, there will be a lot of sitting around until Pacquiao vs. Bradley gets underway. Of course, if none of the three fights finishes with a quick stoppage, the fight likely would not have started before that time either way.