Manny Pacquiao Once Delayed a Fight to Watch an NBA Playoff Game

Will the Clippers/Spurs playoff game delay the start of the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight?

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Did you watch the Clippers/Spurs playoff game tonight? If not, SHAME ON YOU. It was an absolutely amazing Game 7 and ended with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, & Co. pulling out a win on a RIDICULOUS last-second CP3 shot. It was so good that it might end up delaying the beginning of the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao match.

Earlier today, SB Nation pointed out that, back in 2012, Pacquiao actually delayed the start of a fight against Timothy Bradley because he wanted to make sure he saw the end of a Heat/Celtics playoff game. His promoter Bob Arum announced that Pacquiao would not fight until the final buzzer of that contest.

"We will not begin the Pacquiao/Bradley main event until the Celtics and the Heat finish their playoff game," he said. "Now Manny, the Heat, the Celtics, and sports fans watching the basketball game won't have to make a choice between events—they will be able to watch both."

The good news for boxing fans is that the Clippers/Spurs game is over. So it shouldn't delay the Fight of the Century too much. But because it just ended—and because Mayweather loves the NBA as much as Pacquiao does—we wouldn't be surprised if tonight's match started a little bit later than expected.

If you're like us, though, you're going to need some time to regain your composure after what you just saw take place in Los Angeles. What a game.

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[via SB Nation]

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