Pacman campaign: No, not here
By Abac Cordero Updated Monday March 28, 2016 - 12:00am
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HOLLYWOOD - No politics, please.

As Manny Pacquiao gears up for his April 9 fight with Timothy Bradley and the May 9 elections back home, there seems to be a strict guideline being followed here within Team Pacquiao.

There's no talk on Philippine politics.

Members of Team Pacquiao, apparently, have been told not to say anything about Pacquiao's bid for a senatorial slot in the May 9 elections.

Perhaps they were also told not to wear anything that says anything about Pacquiao as the senatorial candidate.

No "Pacquiao for Senator" t-shirts, posters, ballers are being worn, posted and distributed here.

It's not the time and place to campaign.

"We're not allowed to do that here," said one member.

Pacquiao is not here to campaign, hold rallies or speak before a crowd.

However, Pacquiao was asked by The STAR Saturday if his awaited welterweight clash with Bradley at the MGM Grand on April 9 would be aired in the Philippines.

He said yes.

"Ipapalabas naman (It will be shown). No problem naman. Walang problema," said the boxing icon.

There's controversy surrounding the fight because it falls on the campaign period and the first day of voting for Filipinos based overseas.

The Commission on Elections thought that airing the fight in the Philippines would give Pacquiao undue advantage over the other candidates.

Pacquiao said there shouldn't be any problem.

"Assuming that the fight lasts 12 rounds, then that's 36 minutes, plus the one minute break in between rounds then that's just a total of 48 minutes," he said.

Each candidate, he said, is allowed an airtime of 120 minutes for campaign ads, meaning even if the fight lasts the distance then he wouldn't be exceeding the limit.

It would help if Pacquiao wins and cuts the fight short.

"No problem," he said.

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