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Friday, November 16, 2012
Pacquiao hits Kimmel couch again

By Dan Rafael

One of boxing's most amusing traditions in recent years continues on Wednesday night when Manny Pacquiao makes his prefight appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

With Pacquiao set for his fourth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 (HBO PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the promotional push is on, and that includes what has become a regular late-night appearance.

Pacquiao can't get one fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., but he will be on Kimmel's couch for the seventh time on Wednesday night (ABC, midnight ET/PT). That's only one fewer appearance than the record number of weight classes in which Pacquiao has won titles. Also scheduled to appear on the show are comedian/actor Tim Allen and a musical performance by Flo Rida.

Since he met Miguel Cotto in November 2009, Pacquiao has appeared on Kimmel's show before each of his fights -- Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, Marquez III and Timothy Bradley Jr. -- sometimes belting out a love song.

Before facing Cotto, Pacquiao sang his rendition of the Dan Hill ballad "Sometimes When We Touch," which he and Hill later remade. Pacquiao has also sung with Kimmel ("How Deep is Your Love") and actor Will Ferrell ("Imagine") in other highly entertaining appearances.