LOS ANGELES, California -- The fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao has arrived in Las Vegas for this weekend's blockbuster bout with Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
The Pacman sparred three rounds on Monday afternoon and after an early dinner he and wife Jinkee were among the dozens of vehicles en route to Las Vegas, where he will fight Marquez on Saturday (Sunday morning, Manila time) at the MGM Grand Casino.
“Ready na ako. Masayang lahat at lahat ay handa na para sa laban. Ako rin handa narin. Nasa kamay na ng panginoon at ano magyari sa sabado and at we keep praying,” said Pacquiao.
After the final Wild Card workout, newly elected Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard gave him a send off, presenting a certificate of recognition from the state senate. The two government officials exchanged national flags.
“She always supported the Filipino people there… so glad that she's helping the Filipino people in Hawaii,” said the Filipino boxer.
The Pacman endorsed her prior to the November elections and she hopes to work with the fighting congressman on a political level.
As the Pacman and his team were arriving in Las Vegas, he debuted his newest endorsement during Monday night football: A 15-second commercial for “Wonderful Pistachios.”
For the next few days, politics and products will take a backseat.
As fight night draws nearer the only thing on Pacquiao's mind is scoring a definitive victory over Marquez.