HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. – In a battle of pound for pound box office attractions, eight-division world champion CONGRESSMAN MANNY PACQUIAO and television’s late-night comedy king JIMMY KIMMEL will go mano a mallo for the sixth time in their series of entertaining appearances together dating back to November 3, 2009. Pacquiao will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! This Thursday! May 24, on ABC, beginning at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT. Sold out for months, Thursday’s episode will also feature Academy Award®-winning actress Charlize Theron and a musical performance by Graffiti 6.
Kimmel, the self-proclaimed “lucky rabbit’s foot” of Pacman, has had the Filipino icon on his show before every fight for nearly three years, dating back to his successful challenge of then-WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, which also marked Pacquiao's late night network television debut. It was on that night that Pacquiao unveiled his singing chops, belting out a rendition of the Dan Hill-penned hit ballad "Sometimes When We Touch," a song Hill and Pacquiao later remade. The single rose to No. 7 on the Secondary Adult Contemporary Chart as measured by the Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report (FMQB), where it spent four weeks in the Top-10 last summer.
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippines, will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The Pacquiao-Bradley world championship fight will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, remaining tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Worthy of its name, FIREPOWER II will make an explosion over Tucson’s desert sky later this month, when it loads 8 fights into the boxing ring of CASINO DEL SOL RESORT, southern Arizona’s premier resort and casino.
Showdown Promotions, in association with Top Rank Inc, is thrilled to announce its next fight card televised by TV AZTECA. The event will be taking place at the Casino Del Sol AVA Amptheatre Saturday, May 26th, and will feature in its main event, Mexican strongman Jesus Soto Karass (24-7, 16 KOs) from Los Mochis, Sinaloa. The always crowd pleasing fighter be facing 10-1-1 Said “The Messenger” El Harrak.
Supporting Soto Karass will be undefeated and highly ranked prospect, Hanzel “El Tornadito” Martinez (17-0, 14 KOs). The brother-in-law of the former three- time world champion, Antonio Margarito, will be taking the next step in his career, inching closer to what every fighter strives for, becoming a world champion. But first, El Tornadito will have to face an experienced and tough German Cruz (21-6-1; 16 KOs). Martinez and German will be fighting for one of the WBC’s regional titles.
And putting an exclamation point to this huge boxing card will be the much-anticipated return of Jose Benavidez Jr. (14-0, 12 KOs). Jose is returning to the ring after a six month layoff due to a hand injury that needed surgery. Jose is excited to show the boxing world that he is back!
Also on the card will be undefeated Arizona fighters, Abel Ramos (3-0, 2 KOs) from Case Grande and Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (3-0-1) from Phoenix.
Doors to the AVA AMPHITHEATER at CASINO DEL SOL RESORT will open at 5:30 PM, with first bell scheduled to ring at 6:00.
TICKETS AVAILABLE at www.casinodelsol.com