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Free Pacman fight at PAF, Army

Francis Wakefield

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The Philippine Air Force (PAF) and Philippine Army (PA) will conduct a free public viewing of the boxing match between Senator Manny Pacquiao and Keith “One Time” Thurman to be aired live from the Grand Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States on Sunday, 21 July (Manila time).

The live telecast of the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight championship fight between the Filipino boxing icon and the American prize fighter will be held at the following PAF bases on July 21, 2019:

PAF Gymnasium, Col Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, Officers Club House, Basa Air Base, Floridablanca, Pampanga; Officers Club House, Clark Air Base, Pampanga; New Air Defense Alert Center, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan;

Multi-Purpose Hall, Edwin Andrews Air Base, Zamboanga City; Base Theater, BGen Benito N. Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan, Cebu; Multi-Purpose Hall, Air Force Officers School, Fernando Air Base, Lipa City, Batangas;

Multi-Purpose Hall, 710th SPOW, Col Ernesto Rabina Air Base, Brgy. Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac; and Maj. Danilo Atienza Air Base Gymnasium, Sangley point, Cavite.

The PAF’s public information office said the activity is one way to boost the morale and welfare of the PAF personnel and their dependents. Likewise, it will serve as a bonding activity for families by watching the people’s champ.

Meanwhile, the PA said that a live viewing of the fight will also be held at the Ricarte Hall, Philippine Army Officers Clubhouse, Multi-purpose hall, Army General Hospital and Army Wellness Center, all in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Army Spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon P. Zagala, said the venture aims to heighten the morale of Army personnel and the dependents, specifically the battle casualties.

Pacquiao, who has been a professional boxer for more than 20 years now, has been rated as the best active boxer in the world.

He is also a politician who is 10 years older than Thurman, an American professional boxer and a former unified welterweight world champion since 2015.