Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Arum sends private plane for Pacquiao

Time was when Manny Pacquiao was happy to be on board a commercial flight en route to his destination of choice.

With all the trappings of fame and fortune, it ‘s no longer easy to please somebody like him.
Staying in high-end hotels has become a must, while traveling in first-class no longer excites him.
So, in an effort to spoil his prized puncher even more, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is sending a private plane to pick up the Filipino star for the three-hour flight to Dallas, Texas, on March 8 before the March 13 clash with Joshua Clottey.
“Manny’s going to Dallas first thing in the morning of Monday, March 8th,” Arum reported Tuesday from Las Vegas.
Except for flights arriving in the US from the Philippines, Pacquiao has been riding private planes to fulfill countless appointments as though he owns one.
In making the rounds of boxing hotbeds during promotional tours, Pacquiao has been shunning flying commercial in favor of the utmost luxury of traveling on private plane.
Not only that, Arum has also asked the management of Gaylord Texan Resort and Hotel in Grapevine, Texas, to build a makeshift gym at the basement so Pacquiao could train there in the final days leading to the fight.
“A private gym will be set up so Manny doesn’t go out of the hotel to train,” said Arum.
Team Pacquiao had to go to that extent because the nearest gym to the hotel is located 25 miles away, said the boxer’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz.
Arum said Pacquiao and Clottey will hold separate open workouts to the media on March 9, while the press conference will be staged at the Cowboys Stadium on March 10.


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