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Manny Pacquiao to sing at Ali’s 70th birthday bash in L.V.?
Las Vegas resident and Top Rank boxing promoter Bob Arum says that he is hoping Manny Pacquiao can attend the 70th birthday celebration of Muhammad Ali at MGM Grand on Feb. 18. Our downtown Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is using its annual Keep Memory Alive gala over President’s Day weekend to honor Muhammad, who is battling Parkinson’s disease. The brain center, a leading researcher of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, is hosting a dinner in honor of Muhammad, and boxing legends are expected to join in the celebration.
Bob told the Manila Standard that he had been asked to bring in fighters to salute Muhammad and has commitments from George Foreman, Ken Norton, Leon Spinks, George Chuvalo, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and Roberto Duran, and is inviting Marvin Hagler. Now in the Philippines, Bob said: “I’ll be talking to Manny and he can join the festivities, and I’ll even allow him to sing a song in honor of Muhammad Ali. So it should be a great, great night.”
He told the Standard: “One of the reasons it all fits together is not only because of the Parkinson’s research, which they are doing at the Cleveland Clinic, but because they have started a program, which Top Rank is working very closely with them on, that when a kid starts to fight, they do a whole scan, pictures and everything on his brain, and every few months, they take another study so they have a record of any kind of deterioration due to punches. And from that, they can decide when to stop a kid from fighting.”
Bob concluded: “That’s something done scientifically, which I think is going to be wonderful for the sport of boxing.”
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