Harry Reid Gets Some Last-Minute Help From Manny Pacquiao

By Chris Good

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.

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