Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pacman-Clottey launch to draw big names

THE luncheon-press conference of Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey is expected to draw some of the big names in Texas to the $1.2 million Cowboys Stadium today.
Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said Team Pacquiao hadn’t seen anything like this before.
“There were many people simply happy to see Manny and it was way beyond what we’ve witnessed before,” said Koncz. “Pacquiao is no longer just a star in the Philippines and for Filipinos. He is a crossover star with Americans and others realizing what a champion he is. Everything is great and Manny is relaxed and rested and feeling fine.”
A smiling Pacquiao, ever ready to please fight fans, signed gloves, autographs and posed for pictures, further enhancing his already superstar image.
Koncz said that several hundred VIP season ticket-holders to the Dallas Cowboys football games will attend the luncheon affair that will kick-start “The Event,” which will take place on March 13.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum predicted the bout would be “something sensational.”
Pacquiao, who is the only seven-division world champion and his celebrated trainer Freddie Roach and former world welterweight champion and current no. 1 contender Joshua Clottey, along with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, will attend the news conference.
Koncz said that Pacquiao, Clottey and key members of both teams will fly to New York for a wind-up stop at the Madison Square Garden Theater, before the Filipino icon buckles down to a tough training grind at the Wild Card Gym of Roach in Los Angeles.
Roach and conditioning expert Alex Ariza said they are ready to make Pacquiao, who really doesn’t need any prodding, to work as hard as ever. They warned that Clottey is a dangerous foe.
Pacquiao is expected to face a tough fight against the bigger and durable Clottey, who can take a punch and packs a mean wallop of his own.
The venue showdown is the largest, most technologically advanced entertainment venue in the world.


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