Manny Pacquiao is playing like a true politician by scheduling his next boxing bout a month before the Philippine elections where he is running for senator set next month in his home country.
The move to fight a month before the elections has been criticized in Pacquiao’s country and even the official election body has been bombarded with appeals from Pacquiao’s rivals calling for his disqualification. A fellow candidate even threatened that a lawsuit is coming after his fight against American Timothy Bradley this Saturday.
But while there are lots of criticisms from some quarters, Pacquiao remains focused on his fight against Bradley. Even trainer Freddie Roach said that the Filipino is in good condition for Saturday’s bout and that Pacquiao will deliver a knockout by the eighth round.
However, Roach’s claims could just be another strategy in trying to lure Bradley to slug it out in the middle of the ring as Pacquiao has lost his power and some skills in recent years with his last knockout coming against Puerto Rican over six years ago.
Meanwhile, Bradley showed support for his rival in his senatorial bid, saying that Pacquiao deserves to win in the elections in May.
There’s also the thought that Pacquiao just wants another fight, which he has announced as his final and farewell fight in his boxing career, and use it to hype his senatorial bid in his home country.
Pacquiao and Bradley are meeting for the third time in their careers. The Pacquiao-Bradley trilogy however has not been well accepted by fight fans with low pay-per-view numbers and attendance expected this Saturday in the bout held in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States.