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Boxer 'The Hawaiian Punch' ties the knot

Brian Viloria & Erica Navarro Brian Viloria & Erica Navarro
Arthur Valeriano Arthur Valeriano
Gary Gittelsohn, on left, with guest Gary Gittelsohn, on left, with guest
The New Mr. & Mrs. Viloria The New Mr. & Mrs. Viloria

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - 'The Hawaiian Punch' is officially off the market.

Former two-time world boxing champion and Olympian, Brian Viloria, is a married man.

He tied the knot Friday night at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, then held his wedding reception at the Royal Hawaiian.

Word had it that Manny Pacquiao was expected to show up. The world boxing champion wasn't on the guest list. His name wasn't on any of the place cards on the tables at the iconic Monarch Room. When asked if the Pac-Man was coming, the newlyweds said it's a secret, not even the guests knew.

The night was a Kodak moment that family members say Viloria's boxing buddy, Pacquiao, wouldn't miss.

But after all the buzz that had guests waiting to see his fellow boxing star, Pacquiao didn't end up coming. After all, the night was about Pacquiao's friend and his new wife. And loved ones say he didn't want to take away from the Viloria's much-deserved spotlight.

Viloria tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Erica Navarro, of Kauai. On this night, the pro boxer was fighting back tears, but it was one match he couldn't win.

"He was trying to play it off calm cool and collected but I told him there's nothing in this world, no matter how many championship fights you fight, there's nothing in this world that will prepare you for that moment when the doors open and Erica's walking down that aisle," said Arthur Valeriano, the best man.

"I saw nerves in him that I've never seen prior to any fight, including fights where he wasn't expected to win," said Gary Gittelsohn, Viloria's manager.

Gittelsohn has been working with the 'Pride of Waipahu' since turning pro in 2000. After the wedding, he says Viloria will gear up to fight for the world flyweight title in February or March.

"I'll be negotiating that after I get back home. I wanted to see how many days he needed to enjoy this special event," said Gittelsohn.

Win or lose, there's no ring more important for Viloria now than the one on his finger.

"Sometimes I forget he's a boxer. At home, he still has chores, he still needs to take the trash out and wash the dishes," said Viloria's wife.

But at the moment, for the new Mr. and Mrs. Viloria, there's only one thing on their minds.

"Go back and get a good night's sleep. Yes, we're looking forward to that a lot more - sleep," said the newlyweds.

Though guests didn't see Pacquiao, the Viloria's family members say he flew into Honolulu Friday evening and will likely show up at their second wedding reception on Kauai. The celebration is on Sunday and is for the bride's relatives who couldn't make it to the Waikiki reception.

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