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December 8, 2023

The Senate Race:

Boxer Manny Pacquiao energizes crowd at Harry Reid rally

Manny Pacquiao and Harry Reid

Leila Navidi

Sen. Harry Reid and boxer Manny Pacquiao sign autographs Friday at Orr Middle School in Las Vegas on Oct. 29, 2010.

Manny Pacquiao and Harry Reid

A supporter of  Sen. Harry Reid and a fan of Manny Pacquiao attends a political rally Friday at Orr Middle School in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

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2010 General Election

Zip Code
Party Affilliation
Democrat — 60.9%
Republican — 19.1%
Independent — 15.2%
Other — 2.3%
Tea Party of Nevada — 0.8%
Green — 0.7%
Libertarian — 0.7%
Independent American Party — 0.3%
Who are you voting for in the U.S. Senate race?
Harry Reid — 70.7%
Sharron Angle — 26.9%
Scott Ashjian — 1.1%
Wil Stand — 0.5%
Tim Fasano — 0.3%
Jesse Holland — 0.3%
Jeffrey C. Reeves — 0.3%
Michael L. Haines — 0%
Who are you voting for in the Nevada gubernatorial race?
Rory Reid — 61.6%
Brian Sandoval — 32.3%
David Scott Curtis — 2.9%
Eugene "Gino" Disimone — 1.1%
Aaron Y. Honig — 0.8%
Floyd Fitzgibbons — 0.7%
Arthur Forest Lampitt Jr. — 0.6%
Who are you voting for in the U.S. House District 3 race?
Dina Titus — 66.2%
Joe Heck — 29.4%
Barry Michaels — 2.1%
Joseph P. Silvestri — 1.9%
Scott David Narter — 0.5%

This poll is closed, see Full Results »

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

As Sen. Harry Reid and boxer Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao popped out from behind the curtain with their fists raised high, the crowd inside William E. Orr Middle School erupted.

Reid and Pacquiao, a seven-time boxing world champion and Philippines congressman, were the main event Friday night at a get-out-the-vote rally. Hundreds of Reid supporters and boxing fans — some with boxing gloves and Pacquiao T-shirts — turned out for the event.

Though Pacquiao spoke less than a minute, his presence energized the crowd. Pacquiao reminded the crowd to not only vote for Harry Reid but to get their friends to the polls as well.

Immediately after the rally, buses shuttled voters to the early voting site at Boulevard Mall. Early voting ended at 9 p.m. Friday.

After Pacquiao addressed the crowd, Reid delivered a speech that pointed out his similarities to the boxing champion.

“Manny Pacquiao and Harry Reid came from different sides of the globe, but we came from the same side of the street,” Reid said. “It’s not enough to fight for yourself...It’s not enough to want to be a champion. We want to be champions for others.”

Reid spoke to the crowd about Pacquiao’s upbringing, referencing the fact that the 31-year-old boxer left home when he was 14 to support his family.

“He fights for those who can’t fight for themselves,” Reid said. “I’ve fought for Nevadans my whole life and, folks, I’m not finished fighting.”

Reid then went on the offensive, attacking his opponent, Republican Sharron Angle.

“My opponent says it’s not her job to create jobs,” Reid said. “What the hell is your job then?”

Angle, meanwhile, conducted a rally Friday night at the Orleans headlined by Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Reid also talked about topics where he and Angle have clashed, such as Social Security, the Department of Education, Yucca Mountain and veterans.

Reid reminded the crowd of his help in passing the Veterans Benefits Enhancement Act of 2007, which restored VA benefits for Filipino veterans who fought in World War II.

As he closed his speech, Reid and Pacquiao mingled with the crowd, taking photos and, for Pacquiao, autographing boxing gloves.

“I think he got an extra 15,000 votes,” Bill Medve, a taxi driver, said after the rally. “You have a lot of boxing fans here and a lot from the Filipino community. They’re gonna vote for him.”

Jason Holm attended the rally after his roommates convinced him to come see Pacquiao. Holm said he was impressed by Reid.

“I like his usage of the word ‘us.’ One way a person gets elected is by connecting with people,” Holm said.

Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, a Las Vegas boxing promotion company, also spoke at the rally, introducing Reid and Pacquiao.

“This is not campaign rhetoric,” Arum said. “We gotta send a message to Sharron Angle. We gotta tell these people that enough is enough.”

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