SILVER SPRING, Md. --- In the first event of its kind, Ted Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, will fight boxing superstar and Filipino congressman Manny Pacquaio in Manila. The two agreed to the fight after it was decided that all proceeds would go to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to support its efforts in the Philippines.
Both men are reported to be training hard for the fight, with Wilson putting in extra rounds in a make-shift ring just down the hall from his office in the Silver Spring, Maryland headquarters of the Adventist Church.
Wilson has reminded members attending the fight or watching it from around the world that he does not want them to applaud during the event or to bet any money. "That's not who we are as Adventists," said Wilson.
Asked if he had any prior experience in boxing, Wilson said that he and North American Division President Dan Jackson "go a few rounds a week, but now that he's moving out of the building I thought it was time to step up my game."