By Nick Giongco
Boxing’s No. 1 attraction and basketball’s hardcourt hero will shoot a print ad somewhere in Los Angeles on Wednesday (Thursday in the Philippines). Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Los Angeles Laker main man Kobe Bryant will appear in a photo shoot as part of their contractual obligations with leading sports apparel manufacturer Nike. Barring a last-minute change in schedule, Pacquiao will fly to LA on Tuesday night (early Tuesday morning US West Coast time) together with lawyer Franklin Gacal, business manager Eric Pineda and an official from Nike Philippines. “It’s going to be a one-day shoot in Los Angeles and Manny and I are returning (to Manila) the next day,” Gacal told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin. Pacquiao had done a few print ads for Nike Philippines but this latest project will be the second time the Filipino fighter is embarking on a deal for a much wider audience release. Pacquiao had appeared in a commercial last year featuring Bryant and other top Nike endorses like Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova of tennis, Cristiano Ronaldo of soccer and Liu Xiang of track and field. Pacquiao will likely return to the ring on Nov. 14 against Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. The venue is the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.