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Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao vs
Jorge "Coloradito" Solis

UPDATE 15 April 2007: Pacquiao KOs Solis in 8th!

The video above is the teaser for the upcoming Manny Pacquiao-Jorge Solis fight—dubbed "Blaze of Glory"—on Sunday, 15 April 2007, starting at 9 am on GMA and Solar Sports. (Note: Due to time zone differences, the fight takes place in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, 14 April 2007, 7 pm.)

During previous fights, there wasn't really much of a story outside the ring except for the fact that the crime rate went down to zero for a few hours, and even those who did not like boxing knew that the fight was going on. Well, this time, just about everyone knows that Pacquiao has also thrown his hat into another ring: he's running for congress. And even the Los Angeles Times has noted that it's just one more bizarre aspect of the "Pacquiao Circus." See "Boxing needs to hype-ventilate" by Bill Dwyre (25 March 2007).

If you're a Filipino or just interested in the fight, you may want to check out the following sites:

GMA is the go-to site this time for the latest fight news and the "Tale of the Tape." If you're worried that Solis (rhymes with "police") is too tall for Pacquiao at 5'10, take a look at what Recah Trinidad has to say about this in "Did Arum have to cheat on Jorge Solis' height?" (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9 April 2007). By the way, as far as I can tell, you'll have to get in touch with your local cable provider to get the fight on pay-per-view. If you're in Australia, Main Event has instructions on its website.

Can you watch it online? Well, there doesn't seem to be any way of watching it via the Internet even if you're willing to pay. You can probably search YouTube using "pacquiao solis" as keywords, but right now the most interesting video available is "Jorge Solis - Pacquiao's next opponent" (Part 1 | Part 2), in case you'd like to see who Pacquiao is up against. And if anyone uploads clips of the fight, it will most likely be taken down right away. So our best bet is that Pinoy Rickey will be able to do it again on Dailymotion.

Finally, Pacland has the latest news about Pacquiao from different sources, plus information about all previous fights and a forum for his fans. And if you really can't watch the fight on TV, news updates will be available on Inquirer.net's "The Pacquiao Files," Google News, Yahoo! News, and Topix.net. Or you can check out what bloggers are saying on Technorati and Google Blog Search.

By the way, for the benefit of those with editor-itis—and search engines LOL!—PacqUIAO is not spelled PacqUAIO.

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