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Rondo has finished the Taiwan leg of his Red Bull “King of The Rock Tour.” He’s now visiting Manila, Philippines in anticipation of the KOTR tour making its first appearance there next year. ABS-CBN’s Camille Naredo caught up with Rajon yesterday and talked to him about the Philippines’ biggest star-athlete, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao:
“I met Pacquiao a couple of years ago,” Rondo related in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News Monday at the Titan basketball store. “I think he beat up (Miguel) Cotto really badly.”
Rondo is referring to Pacquiao’s crushing 12th round knockout victory over the Puerto Rican Cotto in 2009, which for many people solidified the Filipino’s standing at the top of boxing’s pound-for-pound list.
“I went back to the locker room, and I saw Cotto walking back, and then I saw Pacquiao come back and he was smiling,” Rondo said. “So from that point on, I started watching his fights and following him.”
It’s common knowledge that the Celtics are all big fans of Pacman, and vice-versa:
Rondo, like many of his teammates in the Celtics, is a fan of Pacquiao. The admiration is mutual as Pacquiao is a well-known supporter of the Boston squad, even reportedly watching the team’s Game 7 against the Miami Heat prior to his fight against Timothy Bradley last June.
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