Pacquiao won’t wear UNA mouthguard
There are less than three weeks left before Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and American Timothy Bradley clash for a third time at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
A few days ago, election lawyer and No. 1 Pacquiao fan Romulo Macalintal sent us an email debunking reports that the Pambansang Kamao will use a mouthguard with the UNA logo when he fights Bradley in Las Vegas next month.
“There is no truth to the report that Representative Manny Pacquiao will use a mouthguard which bears the logo of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) when he fights Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas City on April 9,” Macalintal said in his email.
Personally I would have loved to see Pacquiao flashing a wide grin that shows off the UNA logo since the inscription would look like cavities, for sure.
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When he heard about this rather hilarious report, lawyer Mac said he immediately texted Pacquiao to inquire about its veracity.
“It was an unholy hour, 4 in the morning, Manila time. That’s how upset I was.
“At around 6:40 in the evening, Manila time, I received his text reply denying the said report.”
“Hindi totoo yan, lawyer Mac,” Manny replied.
“Of course I believed him. Manny is a politician. I am sure he knows that it would not be in good taste and he would be courting a political disaster if he would use such [instrument] during the fight or even during his practice sessions with media coverage.”
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What lawyer Mac wants to find out is the identity of the mastermind of this political gimmick.
According to him, whoever made the mouthguard did not secure the consent of the Pacman or even consult with him.
“I would assume that the mouthguard was just a piece of artwork, perhaps even a masterpiece created by the dentist who made it.”
“I don’t think it was ever intended to be a campaign propaganda material for Manny, who is a senatorial candidate of UNA in the May 9 elections.”
Lawyer Mac said he believes that at this time, Manny would rather focus his full attention on training for his upcoming fight with Bradley, whom he fought twice—losing the first match and winning the second.
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