If you watched the much-hyped Manny Pacquiao/Juan Manuel Marquez fight on Saturday night, you know that perhaps the most unlikely couple to ever sit ringside at a boxing match sat ringside for that match: Mitt and Ann Romney.
It was also reported, by Greg Bishop of the New York Times specifically, that Romney gave Pacquiao a bit of pre-fight pep talk in his locker room prior to the fight.
Before the fight, Pacquiao strode deep inside Grand Garden Arena, through a maze of tunnels. He entered Dressing Room 2 at 5:40 p.m. This was about an hour earlier than for his previous foray against Marquez. Pacquiao was so early that he caught the drug testers off guard. One ran off to fetch a test kit. Pacquiao just smiled, his face filled with confidence, so sure.
Then it got surreal. In came Mitt Romney. Yes, that Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and the presidential runner-up, every hair on his head in place. Romney, in fact, came in twice. His introduction was at once awkward and hilarious.
“Hi, Manny,” he said. “I’m Mitt Romney. I ran for president. I lost.”
In case you haven’t heard, things didn’t go so well for Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night: he was knocked out cold in the sixth round by a vicious punch from Marquez. This is how Mitt and Ann reacted to the knockout…
Let this be a lesson to all you boxers out there: this is what happens when Mitt Romney gives you a pre-fight pep talk. Consider yourself warned.