Macau – Fighter of the Decade, Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” will RIOS (31 -1-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif,kicking off their precedents 23722 – mile, seven-stop international media tour in the morning! Saturday, July 27, with a press conference in the Venetian Ballroom at The Venetian Macao, starting at noon local time. The press conference will be broadcast live in the United States begins at midnight ET / 9:00 PT.www.pacquiaovsmarquezboxinglive.com through Joining Pacquiao and Rios at the press conference will be their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia, along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports and Edward Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd.
The media tour, which is to promote Pacquiao’s 2013 debut, in a 12-round welterweight rumble against Rios, one of the most exciting fighters boxing, will go to Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore to meet US-based media with a day spent at Bristol, Conn.-based headquarters of ESPN, followed by press conferences in New York and Los Angeles. Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd. in cooperation with MP Promotions and Tecate will Pacquiao vs. Rios takes place Saturday, November 23 at the Venetian Macao CotaiArena. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 PT.
For Pacquiao, eight-division boxing world champion only, it marks the pound-for-pound box office monarch’s first match outside the United States since its 12-round super featherweight unanimous decision victory over former world champion Oscar Larios in 2006, which took place in the Philippines. Rios’ only match outside the United States was in Mexico in 2008, where he won a 10-round split decision over Ricardo Dominguez.