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Pacquiao camp bans selfies

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THINGS are either getting ridiculously serious or seriously ridiculous over at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles where eight-division champ Manny Pacquiao is training for his May 3 super fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

This, after Team Pacman implemented a rather strange edict prohibiting fans or anyone for that matter from taking selfies with the Filipino boxing hero.

According to SB Nation, the selfie ban, which may or may not have been ordered by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, is actually a precautionary measure meant to shield Pacquiao from possible injuries.

While everybody with a cellphone knows that a selfie only lasts five seconds at the most, this minute potential of Pacquiao getting hurt in the picture-taking process is enough to scare his trainers and handlers.

For the sake of discussion, Pacquiao, with extreme bad luck, might get compromised if he is approached by a virus or germ-carrying person during a selfie. There’s also the remote possibility of a clumsy fan hurting him seriously by stepping on the boxing superstar’s feet.

So far, the most alarming news of “injury” that has came from the Filipino’s camp is his recurring battle with leg cramps.

At any rate, a lot is riding on the training camps of both Pacman and Money May, as any freak accident could mean losing out on a $120-million payday at the very least.

(Randy K. Ortega)