SF fans of British boxer Ricky "Hitman" Hatton have an obvious choice for a convivial public place to watch this Saturday's big fight
. The Abbey Tavern
(4100 Geary at 5th), while Irish, has a good selection of UK beers on tap including Bass and Boddington's, and while no food is served, customers are welcome to bring in whatever they like, such as fish and chips from Old Chelsea (932 Larkin near Post). The fight's also being shown at Kezar Pub (770 Stanyan near Waller), which has a huge beer selection, serves American pub grub like burgers and wings, and was named "Best Bar for Expats to Watch Their Home Sports Teams" by SF Weekly in 2004. Both places are charging $20 cover.
Fans of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao could go to the Abbey and bring along, say, a pile of lumpia and a lechon, but if you'd prefer to join a likely unanimous crowd of Pacman supporters, consider heading to Gerry's Grill
(31005 Courthouse Drive, Union City, in the Union Landing shopping center). One of two US branches of a big Philippine chain, this place offers Pinoy comfort foods such as chicharon bulaklak, sisig
, and liempo, plus San Miguel light, dark, and premium in bottles and American beers on draft. In partial compensation for the schlep, the cover is only $10.