ohhhhh! Are you ready for tonight?
Pacquiao, a huge Boston Celtics fan, will defend his WBO welterweight championship against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on the same night his favorite team takes on the Miami Heat.
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com (via ProBasketballTalk), the boxer found a way to get around the conflict, and fight promoter Bob Arum stepped in to make sure the main event does not start until the final buzzer sounds on the Celtics’ Game 7 Eastern Conference finals contest. The Celtics-Heat game tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET, while the undercard to Pacquiao’s fight begins at 9.
“Now Manny, the Heat, the Celtics and sports fans watching the basketball game won’t have to make a choice between events,” Arum said in a statement. “They will be able to watch both.”
Celtics coach Doc Rivers was happy to hear that Pacquiao, one of the biggest draws in boxing, will cheer on his team as it takes on LeBron James and the Miami Heat in an elimination game.
Who’s going to win?
Watch HBO’s series, 24/7 Road to Pacquiao/Bradley