Manny Pacquiao is Such a Huge Deal in the Philippines That His Fight Will Be a National Holiday

In the Fight of the Century tonight, Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn't really have much on the line. Win or lose, the blinged-out, undefeated Mayweather will get $200 million, and he already has a reputation as one of the greatest American boxers in history. Pacquiao, his 36-year-old Filipino rival whose share of the purse is $133 million, has more to fight for. He's battling for the distinction of being the first man in history to win the crowns of five boxing divisions; and — this is important - the pride of an entire nation.The Philippines has declared May 2, the day of Pacquiao’s match against Mayweather a national holiday.



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