One-Two Punch: Harry Reid Meets Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao On Capitol Hill

Feb 15, 2011 11:23am

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports: If you’re Harry Reid, it helps to have friends who can beat just about anyone to a pulp – and no one can do that any better than Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Pacquiao, dubbed the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, could be holed up in a gym today preparing for his title bout in Las Vegas in May with “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Instead he is in Washington, visiting Capitol Hill for a meeting with the Senate Majority Leader. That’s because Pacquiao isn’t only a legendary boxer – he’s also a Philippine congressman.  
“Manny Pacquiao and I come from opposite sides of the globes. But in our hearts we come from the same place,” Reid said today on the Senate floor. As evidence of that, Pacquiao campaigned for Reid in Nevada during the last election. “Every time I visit with him I come away more impressed than the last time,” Reid said. The Nevada lawmaker and former Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission noted that “no one in our national legislature comes close to the level of fame” that Pacquiao enjoys.   “No boxer in history has achieved what he has achieved,” Reid said, rattling off a list of Pacquiao’s accomplishments in the ring. But Reid wanted to emphasize what the fighter has accomplished with the gloves off, especially in the political arena where Pacquiao has come out swinging against human trafficking and gone the distance in an effort to bring medical help to his province. “He’s someone I really admire,” Reid said. “He knows it’s not enough just to fight for yourself – and he does that very well – or to be a world champion many times over. You have to be a champion for others.” “He knows his people need his advice, need his voice.” Pacquiao will be joined on his visit to the Hill by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum. Photo from the Associated Press. Manny Pacquiao wears the championship belt after winning the WBC light middleweight title boxing match against Antonio Margarito Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, in Arlington, Texas.

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