1st-APLUMA: Classic match; congrats to P-Noy! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 14:21

By Ismael Amigo

Manny Pacquiao and Mexican champ Juan Manuel Marquez’s fight on November 12 will go down in history as a “classic” bout although this is a rematch of sorts.
This was the “fearless forecast” given by no other than Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum at a press conference at the Manila Hotel on Saturday kicking off the two boxers’ world press tour for the Las Vegas match.

“The world of sports will see a classic, classic match,” Arum was quoted by the working press as saying. “This match will be a credit to boxing and will be eagerly followed by all sports fans.”

Arum added that a good indicator to this is the fact that “only around 50 of the more than 16,000 tickets for the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas are left unsold.”

It was also claimed by Arum the Pacquiao-Marquez rematch would be similar to that of the two boxers’ previous fights in Las Vegas, where hundreds if not thousands of Filipinos flooded the fight venue.

“In the week of the fight, Mandalay Bay becomes little Manila... becomes a Filipino oasis,” Arum claimed.
Arum also assured boxing fans not to be alarmed by the remaining 50 tickets as Top Rank has already ordered reprints aside from live telecast just outside the boxing venue where around 20,000 people can view the fight as added privileges.

“They can gain free admission to the weigh-in and will be around all the excitement,” said Arum adding that the world press tour was significant especially because it started in Pacquiao’s homeland in the Philippines.

After the Philippines, the promo proceeds to New York and Las Vegas before winding up in Mexico, Marquez’s home country.

Marquez arrived in the Philippines last Thursday and was warmly-welcomed by no other than Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim fanning further the local chief executive’s sentiment against Pacquaio who allegedly snubbed Lim’s invitation after Pacquiao’s fight with Shane Mosley.

That too, makes one foreign boxer’s visit to RP “classic.”

Understandably, Mayor Lim can’t get over yet with the Representative from Saranggani’s no-show on the former’s official invitation then.

Mayor’s Lim followers however aver Manny Pac’s actuation is an act unbecoming an “adopted son” of the city and be that as it may have been endowed by Mayor Lim’s political rival in former Manila Mayor and DENR Sec. Lito Atienza.

Photos of Manny Pac’s motorcade with then Manila Mayor Lito Atienza abound in the internet.
You can check it out if you want proof.
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This humble representation congratulates President Aquino who arrived in Manila early Saturday evening from China with nearly $13 billion worth of possible investments from China to the Philippines.

President Aquino said his meetings (36 in all) with Chinese businessmen “resulted in pledges of $1.282 billion in new investments, $3.8 billion in “almost certain” investments, and another $7.9 billion worth of possible investments from corporations that showed interest in the country.”

Along with leading businessmen from the Philippines, the President and his delegation touched down at around 6:40 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.Email esns03@yahoo.com/Mobile 0915-5517586