LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao continues to train and reach his peak condition as he enters his second week of Los Angeles training camp.
As the Pacman hit the streets and the gym, the undercard and Top Rank’s top boss hit the gym to talk politics.
As a Philippine senatorial candidate, Pacquiao has been quiet during camp, avoiding politics as he prepares for his April 9 clash against Timothy Bradley.
But one person from the team isn’t shy about throwing politics into the ring.
“Here we don’t have any restrictions on the amount of television time candidates can take,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. “We can say whatever we want, I can say whatever I want even about Philippine election but I can’t say it with him apparently and he can’t say it so that really hurts the sales.”
Arum admits that the Philippine election rules that limit the airtime of candidates have hurt the buzz of the Pacman’s upcoming match.
“The Filipino elections have been a pain in the butt because of all these restrictions on him,” said Arum. “It’s really hurt us in selling the fight. It’s just very, very unfair. It’s nonsense.”
As far as US politics go, Arum has named the televised undercard as the NoTrump Undercard, inspired by remarks against Mexican immigrants by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Among the Mexicans fighting on the undercards is former Pacman sparring mate and Wild Card stablemate Jose Ramirez.
“I’m just happy to be a part of it more than anything,” said Ramirez. “It’s not fair to know that people out there with power feel like they can say whatever they want it’s not right. No one should feel superior than others.”
Whether the event’s political ties add hype or not, the Top Rank CEO is happy to report that ticket sales have remained strong with only about 2,000 of the 15,000 tickets remaining.
Paceman does not need any stinking seat in the Philippines senate…