Among the most humorous moments from Wednesday night’s appearance by Manny Pacquiao on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” may have been when the host surmised why Pacquiao lost his last fight..
Prior to the facing Tim Bradley, to whom he lost his WBO welterweight belt in June, Pacquiao announced on the Kimmel show that he had not only dropped the gambling and womanizing behaviors which had served as a distraction before his majority decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in November of last year, but that he had instead adopted faith-based lifestyle.
“The last time that you were here, you announced that you had quit drinking, and quit gambling, and that you had quit cock fighting, and then, for the first time in seven years, you did not win,” said Kimmel.
“You lost the fight. I don’t think you lost the fight, but, technically, they said you lost the fight. Will you go back to drinking, gambling and cock fighting?”
Later on the show, there were cameos by Marquez, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, trainer Freddie Roach, ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna and even Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, during a parody of HBO’s 24/7 series, which had Pacquiao being avoided for fights three times by Kimmel’s overweight sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez.
“The first time, I ate too much. The second time, I had to take my dogs, Pip and Poppa to the vet,” said Rodriguez. “The third time, I got drunk and I overslept. This time, nothing will keep me out of the ring except a ghost or a scary dog.”
Marquez explained his presence in the trilogy.
“I fill in for Guillermo every time he misses a fight,” said Marquez, in subtitled translation. “I’m kind of like his understudy.”
Roach expressed concern.
“This is a tough one to prepare for because as far as I know, Guillermo has never been in a fight,” said Roach. “We do have some tape on him hitting a pinata, but that’s all we can find.”
Pacquiao was frustrated.
“I was supposed to fight him three times, but he keeps avoiding me,” said Pacquiao. “He said he didn’t get an invitation to the last fight. Come on, this is not a birthday party to get an invitation. This is boxing. Can someone please explain this to him?”
The documentary ended with Rodriguez weighing in at 247 pounds — 100 over the welterweight limit — and gleefully embracing that fact that he would have to be replaced by Marquez for a fourth time.
“He did it to me again,” screamed Pacquiao. “Noooooo!!!”
Pacquiao was making the seventh appearance on Kimmel’s show, having last shared the stage with Kimmel 16 days before facing Bradley.
Pacquiao has a fourth bout on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand opposite Marquez, against whom he has also battled to a draw and a split-decision victory.
Pacquiao was on the Kimmel show for the fifth time nine days before his third fight with Marquez, having debuted on the program 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 against welterweight 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.
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