Pacquiao-Bradley fight won't start until after Game 7 of Heat-Celtics

Saturday June 9th, 2012

Diehard Boston Celtics fan Manny Pacquiao had a dilemma once his team dropped Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals to the Miami Heat on Thursday. But promoter Bob Arum has resolved his fighter's conundrum.

Arum issued a statement on Friday that the Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight championship fight Saturday night in Las Vegas won't start until the conclusion of Game 7 of Heat-Celtics.

"I’m not waiting for Manny’s request on this one. We will not begin the Pacquiao–Bradley main event fight until the Celtics and the Heat finish their playoff game. 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."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers was flattered. "He's a Celtics fan. What do you expect?" Rivers said, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of "Pretty cool, though. That's cool."

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