Eight-division titlewinner Manny Pacquiao is hopeful that a Nov. 21 appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” — his seventh — will restore his fortunes in advance of a fourth bout against four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao called Kimmel “a good luck” charm during his fifth berth on the show that aired nine days before his disputed majority decision victory over Marquez in November of last year.
But Pacquiao’s luck ran out after the last time he shared the stage with Kimmel in May — 16 days before he was dethroned as WBO welterweight titleholder followinng a split-decision loss to unbeaten Tim Bradley in June.
Pacquiao debuted on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” just three days after Halloween in November of 2009 prior to dethroning Miguel Cotto as WBO beltholder by 12th-round knockout later that month.
Pacquiao was also on the show before his unanimous decision welterweight defense against Joshua Clottey in March of 2010, as well as before earning the WBC’s since-vacated junior middleweight belt with a unanimous decision over Antonio Margarito in November of 2010.
Pacquiao was on Kimmel’s show for the fourth time prior to the unanimous decision defense of his crown in May of last year over Shane Mosley.
Prior to their last fight, Pacquiao had battled Marquez to a draw and won a previous split decision. Pacquiao floored Marquez three times in the first round of their initial meeting as featherweights in May of 2004, and dropped him once in the third round of their second as junior lightweights in March of 2008.
Wednesday’s show Kimmel will begin at midnight ET/PT, and includes comedian and actor Tim Allen as well as a musical performance by Flo Rida.
On Sunday in Los Angeles, Pacquiao will be handing out free turkeys and pumpkin pies in advance of Thanksgiving starting at 1 p.m. following the 11 a.m. Sunday services at the Westside Shepherd of the Hills Church in the Wadsworth Theatre on the grounds of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.
“Thanksgiving is a wonderful American holiday for families to get together and celebrate God’s blessings. I chose Westside Shepherd of the Hills to do this because a house of God, where I attend services, seemed an appropriate place to share my blessings,” said Pacquiao.
“I am very thankful for the many friends I have made here in this great country. I can’t think of a better way to express my appreciation to my American-based fans, who have embraced me, than by sharing my good fortune with them.”
The church is located on at 11301 Wilshire Blvd., and fans are asked to line up at a designated roped off area in front of the church beginning at Noon. Each fan will be given a wristband to be exchanged for one turkey and one pumpkin pie.
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