PUNCHES AND POLITICS: Arum says PH election rules have affected Pacquiao-Bradley buzz
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 23, 2016 11:44 AM
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With Manny Pacquiao’s final match coming up in early April, it’s easy to forget that the eight-division world champion is no longer just a prizefighter anymore.
Aside from being arguably the country’s most popular athlete, In the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao is an entertainer, a professional basketball player and coach, an incumbent congressman, and a senatorial candidate.
In that regard, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum has said that the rules of the upcoming Philippine elections have affected the buzz surrounding Manny’s last fight against Timothy Bradley.
The boxing promoter stated that the restrictions regarding a candidate’s television airtime has hurt the sales of the upcoming bout, which will be available on Pay-Per-View.
Arum went on to say that the elections have become “a pain in the butt” and the restrictions are “very very unfair” and that it’s “nonsense.”
In fact, former house representative Walden Bello, also a senatorial candidate in the coming elections, has petitioned to have the Pacquiao bout stopped because the massive media coverage would give the politician-pugilist an unfair advantage.
With a report from Steve Angeles