The Pacquiao Bradley Fight Is In Jeopardy Of Being Cancelled For Political Reasons

The Pacquiao Bradley Fight Is In Jeopardy – Walden Bello, a candidate for one of the 12 open Senate seats in the May 9 Filipino elections, has called upon the Philippine Parliament to disqualify senatorial candidate Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao if he goes ahead with his April 9 fight with Tim Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bello contends that holding the fight so close to the elections violates the Fair Elections Act which is designed to see that no candidate has an unfair advantage in television and radio exposure. By law, each candidate is limited to 120 minutes of air time.

Pacquiao is currently a congressman representing his wife’s impoverished Sarangani province. He is one of 292 congressmen in the lower house. They represent local districts. Senatorial elections are national. Twelve of the 24 seats are up for grabs on May 9. Historically the path to the presidency runs through the Senate.

Polls indicated that “Pac-Man” was likely to claim one of the open seats. However, the most recent polls were taken before Pacquiao caused an international firestorm with his response to a question about same-sex marriage.

The Pacquiao Bradley Fight Is In Jeopardy

Although it’s pure speculation on our part, we surmise that the honchos at the MGM Grand would prefer that the event is cancelled, or at least moved elsewhere. The MGM Grand is the flagship property of MGM Resorts International which controls multiple casino-hotels on the Las Vegas Strip and has properties in New Jersey, Mississippi, Michigan, and soon-to-be-opened casinos in Maryland and Massachusetts.

In the last few years, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has made a concerted effort to attract more visitors from the LBGT community. The Tropicana Hotel and Casino now promotes itself as “Your Favorite Gay Friendly Las Vegas Hotel.” Ironically, the Tropicana sits directly across from the MGM Grand.

If the Pacquiao-Bradley fight goes forward, there will inevitably be picketers. This won’t be a new experience for the MGM Grand. Women protested some of Mike Tyson’s comeback fights held there on the grounds that the promotions were a slap in the face to those working to stem an epidemic of domestic abuse. MGM forced those picketers to conduct their demonstration on the Tropicana Avenue side of the building, off the Strip. A far larger and potentially more vocal contingent of picketers can be expected at the April 9 boxing show.


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-Radam G :

Bello is a bozo. Da Manny is a national treasure that will be on display April 9. And if not, the scrap won't be cancelled because of rules of Filipino politricks. Besides, Da BobFather is working da double fudge heck out of diz, dat and da third of having Da Manny in video sketches about sensitive subjects. The more blanks fired about gays -- never mind taken out of context -- the more paying butts in those seats, and the more paid PPVs. Maybe gay judge CJ Ross will make her return to judging in Da Manny-T-Brad III. And Diana Ross will sing the National Athem. Holla!

-Yogo :

I'd rather Miss D Ross judge.

-ArneK. :

On Monday afternoon, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum was adamant that the event would not be cancelled. Speaking with Las Vegas Review-Journal sports reporter Steve Carp, Arum said "our attorneys looked into this very carefully and there was nothing there to suggest that Manny's fighting constitutes a conflict of interest with regard to campaigning." One thing is certain: if the host property were to pull the plug for "public relations" reasons, that would unleash a flood of lawsuits. Back in 1997, the Las Vegas Hilton pulled the plug on a bantamweight unification fight between Johnny Tapia and Danny Romero. An advance sellout, the match was scuttled in the aftermath of the famous "bite fight" and the ugly incidents that occurred at the MGM Grand in the hours that followed. The Hilton people were afraid that another disturbance would ensue if they let the fight go forward. Their official reason for cancelling the fight was that co-promoters Bob Arum and Cedric Kushner had failed to deliver the required letter of insurance before the deadline. This was a lot of hooey. The fight was transplanted to the basketball arena on the UNLV campus where it went off on the date scheduled. The entertaining skirmish was contested before a very orderly crowd. When Arum learned that the Hilton had pulled the plug, he went ballistic. He called for an international boycott of Hilton hotels. Watching Arum go ballistic is always fun. At age 84 (soon to be 85) the irascible promoter hasn't lost a smidgen of **** and vinegar.

-Bernie Campbell :

Gay marriage? Putz's

-Radam G :

Da Manny didn't look so good in his last sparring session. And he got an eye injury. Holla!

-Radam G :

Gay marriage? Putz's
B-Camp! Read up and quit dame-damsel-and-doll hating. Read up on the queenship [$ic]. These gals don't play. And they control the pay. One can say whatever he wants to say. But these XX-chromosomes types are swift with it. They are some Superbad Bs.
-> B-Camp, ALL HAIL to the QUEENS! Holla!