LAS VEGAS – Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is laying the groundwork for a landmark visit by Manny Pacquiao to Jerusalem next month.
Arum said on Thursday night that the trip was Pacquiao’s own idea and the Top Rank chief said he will make the most out of the event by making it truly unforgettable.
If the trip happens, Arum said Pacquiao will visit the Christian communities in Israel and will likely even ride a fighter jet of the Israeli Air Force.
Pacquiao has been so immersed in the Bible that he has gotten rid of all of his bad habits like high-stakes gambling, partying and womanizing.
Even at the height of his training for this Saturday night’s meeting with Tim Bradley at the MGM Grand, Pacquiao recited Bible verses and sounded like an ordained pastor.
Pacquiao and his immediate family and Arum will join him in the journey to the Holy Land as well as close friends from here and the Philippines, according to the 80-year-old Arum.
The trip will take place in mid-July, said Arum. (Nick Giongco)