Harry Reid Gets Some Last-Minute Help From Manny Pacquiao

You read that right: Manny Pacquiao. He's going to campaign for Harry Reid Friday at an early voting rally at a middle school in Las Vegas.

The Reid campaign just made the announcement. The rally will be at 6 p.m. at Orr Middle School.

Pacquiao is debatably the best pound-for-pound boxer alive, although we would actually know whether that's the case if he and Floyd Mayweather would ever agree to a fight. It's a good fit for Reid, who used to chair the Nevada gaming commission

More importantly: Pacquiao is a vastly popular Latino athlete, and Reid's campaign is trying to turn out Latino votes. Pacquiao may be the most popular Latino athlete in the world who does not play soccer. I have no metrics to support that, and there may be someone in Major League Baseball who could give him a run for his money...but Pacquiao stands out in the sport of boxing with an eminence unparalleled by anyone in baseball today.

Reid's campaign did not specify in its announcement whether Pacquiao would wear a robe as he walked up to the stage.

Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Miniature 1950s Utopia

A reclusive artist built this idealized suburb to grapple with his painful childhood memories.

Video

Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her school. Then the Internet heard her story.

Video

A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

Video

'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

More in Politics

Just In