[UPDATED] Butterfinger Bets a Million Dollars on Manny Pacquiao

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[UPDATE] This is why I loathe April Fool’s Day. Of course, this earlier story was complete bunk and nothing more than a little marketing gimmick. AdWeek is clarifying that the annoucement today was a gag and that Butterfinger isn’t betting one-million dollars on the Filipino boxer, but, rather, they’re betting one-million of their peanut butter cups. Having learned this, I shall spend the rest of the day secured within a bubble. That way nobody’s lies can hurt me. Because if you can’t believe Butterfinger, who can you trust?

From the AdWeek report:

The Nestlé brand on Wednesday sent out an April Fools’ Day press release saying its Butterfinger Cups brand was betting a million on Pacquiao. Now, AdFreak confirms (as Pacquiao will do in a tweet shortly) that the bet is actually a million Butterfinger Cups. If Pacquiao emerges victorious on May 2, Butterfinger will offer 1 million of its peanut butter cups in a nationwide payout at ButterfingerCups.com.


Believe it or not, boxing is once again relevant. The upcoming bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is the biggest fight the world of boxing has seen in decades. Probably the last time any boxing match had this level anticipation, Bart Simpson was still the main ambassador for Butterfinger. Nowadays Manny Pacquiao is the face of the candy bar and Butterfinger is backing up their sponsor in a big way by betting one million dollars on the boxer from the Philippines.

Here’s the entire press release:

GLENDALE, Calif.– Upon learning that NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® CUPS are a key part of the training regimen of “Fighter of the Decade” boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Butterfinger has bet one million on its newest fan, Pacquiao, to win the “Fight of the Century” which will take place on May 2, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion, is preparing for his biggest career challenge by adding a secret weapon to his training table.

“When I am training, I never cut corners, and that is what makes Butterfinger Cups the best peanut butter cup – they don’t cut corners either,” noted Pacquiao. “Butterfinger and I always go the extra mile to distinguish ourselves. For us, being different is the difference.”

“We are proud to be in Manny’s corner and show our support of him in this fight of the century,” said Fabiola del Rio, Butterfinger brand manager. “Manny represents a different kind of competitor, just as Butterfinger is a different kind of peanut butter cup, and different is good. Go Manny!”

The different kind of peanut butter cup that made its highly anticipated debut last year, Butterfinger Cups are Pacquiao’s secret weapon and go-to-treat as he prepares for the fight of the century. Square-shaped like a boxing ring, Butterfinger Cups bring an unexpected crunch to the smooth combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

ABOUT MANNY PACQUIAO

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is a world champion professional boxer. He is the first and only eight-division world champion with 10 world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. Beyond boxing, Pacquiao has participated in basketball, business, acting, music recording, and politics. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, at the age of 32, representing the province of Sarangani. He was re-elected in 2013 to the 16thCongress of the Philippines.

ABOUT BUTTERFINGER

NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® is a one-of-a-kind candy bar with the crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery taste people love. No other candy bar comes close to the intense flavor and texture of a BUTTERFINGER. Now, the iconic BUTTERFINGER brand has taken the peanut butter cup to another level. BUTTERFINGER PEANUT BUTTER CUPS feature a smooth, peanut butter filling with a dose of crunchy Butterfinger pieces, covered with creamy milk chocolate. Keep up with the latest news about BUTTERFINGER at Facebook.com/Butterfinger or follow its sweet tweets at Twitter.com/Butterfinger.

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