Manny Pacquiao – With the conclusion of the two-city press tour promoting his March 13 bout with Joshua Clottey, boxing’s pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao is all set to head back to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles to begin his training.
The two press conferences held in Dallas and New York City were both extremely successful, creating a feeling of excitement for all those anticipating the fight. First stop was Dallas, where the fight will be held at the state-of-the-art Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Billionaire Jerry Jones, owner of the stadium and co-promoter of the fight, rolled out the red carpet to welcome both fighters.
New York City’s presser proved to be equally successful. The two fighters, as well as trainer Freddie Roach and Top Rank chief Bob Arum, answered questions from the assembled media. Pacquiao and Clottey gamely posed for photographs, all the way smiling and showing nothing but the utmost respect for each other.
With the conclusion of the two-city tour, the two groups went each their separate ways to make their respective preparations. Pacquiao is set to open his training camp on Thursday at the Wild Card Gym where conditioning expert Alex Ariza is already raring to get his hands on the seven division champion.
With only a little over seven weeks to go before the fight, Ariza along with head trainer Freddie Roach is confident that they could whip Pacquiao into the perfect fighting condition. Pacquiao and Clottey will be disputing the WBO Welterweight crown currently held by the Filipino.