Mexico excited over Pacquaio – Marquez media stop
By John F. McKenna (McJack): Mexico city will be the last stop of the media tour to hype the showdown of the trilogy between welterweight title holder Manny Pacquiao (55-3, 2, 38 KO’s) and lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KO’s) on November 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told Philippine newspaper the Daily Inquirer that “the Mexican government is going absolutely nuts and has made available a special area that can accommodate up to 50,000 people. It’s the venue from which the Mexican president addresses the nation. They have agreed to let us use this for the press conference. It is really going to turn heads.”
Well known promoter Fernando Bertran, a friend and partner to Arum in several major boxing events is handling the final stop of the tour. Early indications are that it will take place outside the Palacio Nacional, which is the residence of the Mexican president.
Arum said that he would attempt to make similar arrangements in Manila, where the press tour will start in the last week of August. Arum said that he wants wto see a big public press conference to kick off the tour in Manila. With Pacquiao’s popularity in the Philippines, he will probably be able to get pretty much whatever he wants.
It is clear that Bob Arum is determined to make Manny Pacquiao an icon all over the world, not just in his native Philippines. While Arum is promoting Pacquiao’s fight with
Marquez, he is also looking to the future and using Manny’s exposure in the world tours to increase the value of his future fights, not just his fight with Marquez.
Manny Pacquiao for his part is not looking too far down the road. He understands more than anyone that if you are not focused as a fighter on your next fight that everything you worked on throughout your career can be gone in an instant. There have been numerous instances throughout boxing history where a fighter took an opponent lightly and lived to regret it.
Part of trainer Freddie Roach’s job is to keep his fighter focused on the task at hand.
No fighter should ever be taken lightly. Most recently Victor Ortiz had pretty much been written of as a serous contender. After his victory over Andre Berto however, he will be facing Floyd Mayweather Jr in September for the chance of a lifetime.
Pacquiao will more than likely make the most of his opportunity in November to once and for all prove to the world that he is a superior fighter to Juan Manuel Marquez.