Manny Pacquiao, world junior welterweight champion, spars during a media day workout at Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles

Celtics fan Pacquiao will not enter ring until Game 7 ends


Manny Pacquiao already had plans for Saturday night and the Celtics screwed them up.

One of boxing’s biggest draws is set to fight Timothy Bradley at the MGM in Las Vegas on Saturday night, defending his WBO welterweight championship. About 16,000 in house in Vegas, countless more at home watching PPV.

And like a lot of other Celtics fans, Pacquiao suddenly had a conflict when the Heat rolled the Celtics Thursday night in Game 6 to set up a Game 7 Saturday night in Miami.

Fight promoter Bob Arum stepped in to bail Pacquiao out — the main event in Vegas will not start until after the final buzzer sounds in Miami, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at

“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.”

Doc Rivers, what do you think of that?

“He’s a Celtics fan. What do you expect?” Rivers said. “Pretty cool, though. That’s cool.”

If the Celtics are going to win Game 7, it’s going to have to be a more physical contest than the one Pacquiao is in.

And if Pacquiao loses, he can just blame LeBron James. Whatever the outcome of the game. Everyone is going to be blaming him for something anyway.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.