LAS VEGAS - Manny Pacquiao barely escaped to fight another day, and would need 28 stitches to close the cut over his right eye. Juan Manuel Marquez had nearly ended his remarkable run, but that didn’t stop Pacquiao from singing at his post-fight concert and partying the night away with his huge entourage.
He returns to the ring Saturday night, determined to show his last outing was nothing more than a fluke. Little known Timothy Bradley will be his opponent in a fight that could either end Pacquiao’s lucrative career or revitalize it.
This time, though, there will be no concert, and no party. Win or lose, the only thing on Pacquiao’s post-fight agenda is a Bible study session and some time with his wife.
According to SI.com, Pacquiao is a big Boston Celtics fan and was concerned about not being able to watch Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night in Miami. So promoter Bob Arum issued a statement saying the fight won’t start until the Celtics-Heat game is finished.
“Now Manny, the Heat, the Celtics, and sports fans watching the basketball game won’t have to make a choice between events - they will be able to watch both,’’ said Arum.
One person who won’t see the fight is Pacquiao rival Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is in the second week of a three-month sentence at Clark Count jail in Las Vegas for a domestic violence case.
Mayweather surrendered June 1 to serve up to 87 days in the county jail for attacking his ex-girlfriend in September 2010 while two of their children watched. Mayweather could be released sometime in August if he earns credits for good behavior and work time in jail, according to Las Vegas police officer Bill Cassell said.
The plea deal allowed Mayweather to avoid trial on felony charges that could have gotten him up to 34 years in prison if he was convicted. Prosecutors dropped felony robbery, coercion, and grand larceny charges stemming from allegations that he threatened his two sons and took two cellphones.
The judge sentenced Mayweather Dec. 22, then allowed him to remain free long enough to make a May 5 fight and a guaranteed $32 million against Miguel Cotto.
As a high-profile inmate, Mayweather is being kept separate from the other 3,200 inmates in the high-rise Clark County Detention Center. “We don’t want to have an opportunity for someone who wants to make a name for himself to challenge him,’’ said Cassell.
Mayweather has been getting a little more than 30 minutes twice a day in a couple of barren recreation areas in the administrative segregation unit, Cassell said. His cell, no larger than 7-by-12 feet, has barely enough floor space for pushups and situps.
Freddie Roach wasn’t going to let a fight - even one involving Pacquiao - stand in the way of his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Roach will work Pacquiao’s corner Saturday night, then fly across the country for the ceremony Sunday afternoon in Canastota, N.Y. To make it there in time, he has chartered a private jet at a cost of $26,000.
Roach will be joined on the plane by several family members and ring announcer Michael Buffer, who is also being inducted. Buffer also will work the Pacquiao-Bradley contest.