"I'm not waiting for Manny's request on this one," said fight promoter Bob Arum, who issued a statement indicating that the Saturday night main event between Pacquiao and Bradley in Las Vegas would not begin until after the C's-Heat game concluded.
"Now Manny, the Heat, the Celtics and sports fans watching the basketball game won't have to make a choice between events," said Arum, who added that the undercard fights would begin at 9 p.m. "They will be able to watch both."
(via Pacquiao schedules fight around Celtics Game 7.)
Pacquiao is a long-time Celtics fan, but you have to wonder if the ratings have something to do with the decision. But either way, it's a nice bone to throw fans that want both. One question: What happens if Celtics-Heat goes to triple-overtime? With a tipoff of 8:30 pm. ET, that could last until well after midnight ET.
So if you're watching both, you might want to have some Red Bull or a 5-Hour Energy or something.
Also, what if the Celtics win? Will he be relieved? Pumped up? If they lose, will he be defeated, angry? So many factors that will probably have absolutely zero impact on the fight!
For what it's worth, Erik Spoelstra, a fellow Filipino, had a response to Pacquiao before Game 7. From Ben Golliver live at Game 7, here's what Spoelstra had to say about it to reporters before the game:
"You know what, man, you're making it very tough on me. I'm going to have to get confirmation from Freddie Roach or something. If I don't hear otherwise -- I have to get an absolute confirmation. Otherwise I might have to root for Bradley tonight."