MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has announced that major camps nationwide will be airing live Manny Pacquiao’s bout against Mexican Jessie Vargas at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday (Saturday in the US).
Military spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, said the boxing match will be carried live also by the AFP Wellness Center in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City; the AFP Medical Center in V. Luna; and major bases of the Army, Navy and Air Force, including those conducting focused military operations in Basilan and Sulu against the Abu Sayyaf bandits.
The move would raise the morale of troops convalescing at the AFP Medical Center.
Padilla added that all AFP personnel, like President Rodrigo Duterte, are expecting Pacquiao to floor Vargas.
Pacquiao is known in the military as Lt. Col. Emmanuel Pacquiao (Res) of the Philippine Army and is an executive officer of the 1st Sarangani Infantry Battalion (Ready Reserve).
The Filipino boxer joined the Army’s reserve force on April 27, 2006 as a sergeant and rose through the ranks through meritorious promotion.
He was conferred his current rank in 2011 after satisfying the requirements for commissionship in the military. Priam Nepomuceno/PNA-northboundasia.com