LAS VEGAS ? Refusing the invitation was simply out of the question.
Manny Pacquiao was about to rest at his suite at the hotel Thursday night when the request came in.
Could he spare a few minutes to meet with former United States President Bill Clinton?
Pacquiao readily agreed.
In no time, a limousine fetched the Filipino superstar and some of his associates, including Environment Secretary Lito Atienza and Deputy National Security Adviser Chavit Singson, and brought them to the Chris Palmer Steak House at the Four Seasons Hotel.
And there, indeed, was Mr. Clinton, who was attending a global trade show in the gambling haven.
Mr. Clinton, a fight enthusiast, and Pacquiao exchanged pleasantries, talked about the environment and, of course, boxing.
As it turned out, Mr. Clinton is eagerly awaiting the Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton duel on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) for the Briton?s International Boxing Organization light welterweight crown.
After a photo session with Clinton, with armed bodyguards in tow, Pacquiao was whisked back to Mandalay Bay.
Pacquiao could hardly remember what they specifically talked about. He said Clinton wished him well.