The eight-division Filipino boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will be facing, for the third time, American boxer Timothy Bradley on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the most probably last professional boxing fight of the Filipino boxing icon.
The Philippine Army (PA) has expressed its full support behind Army reservist Pacquiao with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is serving as a deputy commander of the 1st Sarangani Province Ready Reserve Battalion, which is active in humanitarian missions and disaster response operations in the province.
Col. Benjamin L. Hao, PA spokesperson, said the Army will hold a free live screening of the Pacquiao-Bradley boxing showdown in three different venues inside Headquarters Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City with thousands of active and retired soldiers and their dependents, including its wounded warriors are expected to watch the fight.
“The free live viewing will be held at the Army Officers Clubhouse (PAOCH) for retired and active Army officers and their dependents; Army Gym for Enlisted Personnel and Civilian Employees and their dependents; and at the Army General Hospital for the wounded soldiers,” Hao said.
“Other Army soldiers in posts nationwide will also be on hand to cheer for their comrade-idol during fight time,” he added.
Civilians will also be accommodated to avail of the live screening for the main bout as long as it will not deprive the military personnel and their dependents as the priority.
Employees of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will also need not to pay to watch the match live. MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said that a free live showing of the bout without commercial interruptions, courtesy of Solar Sports, will be held at the MMDA Gym with a capacity of 200 persons. with PNA