Fight fans in the US East Coast need not travel all the way to Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym in Hollywood to watch Manny Pacquiao train for his fourth encounter with Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum has paved the way for people in New York and neighboring states to watch Pacquiao train live from the Wild Card Gym in California on a giant screen located at top of NASDAQ Building on Times Square in New York.
According to RingTV, the live sream of Pacquiao's training session, is part of Top Rank's latest fan-oriented innovation. The one-hour live stream presentation starts 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.
"We wanted to give boxing fans a front row seat to what training camp for a big fight is like just days away from walking into the ring," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.
"This has never been done before and if we were going to present it on one of the biggest stages – Friday rush hour in Times Square – it only made sense to do it with boxing's biggest star, Manny Pacquiao."
Pacquiao is now in the final stages of training for his fourth fight with Marques which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2004, Marquez and Pacquiao fought to a controversial draw in a featherweight bout (126 pounds). Pacquiao would have won via a split decision if not for a scoring error committed by one of the judges, who scored a round at 10-7 instead of 10-6 for Pacquiao's three knockdowns of Marquez.
In 2008, at super featherweight (130 pounds), Marquez and Pacquiao clashed again in a hotly contested rematch in which Pacquiao earned a split-decision victory. Pacquiao's third-round knockdown of Marquez could have influenced the decision of the judges, as they gave the winning score to the Filipino boxing idol.
In 2011, Pacquiao and Marquez fought for a third time at a catchweight of 144 pounds in which Marquez lost again via majority decision. But Marquez protested, claiming he was robbed of his victory for the third time.
Marquez continues to claim he was robbed of his victories in all three fights and blamed the judges for flawed scoring.
To put closure on the long-time boxing rivalry, Pacquiao has agreed to face Marquez again for the fourth time on December 8.
Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said he wants Pacquiao to knock out Marquez in their fourth encounter.next Saturday night.