Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao has officially started his journey to revive a fading boxing career after suffering two straight losses last year, with a press conference in Macau, China, to announce his ring return against Brandon Rios.
Taking a leave from his duty as member of the House of Representatives in the Philippines, Pacquiao, along with his lovely wife Jinkee, who was recently elected as vice governor of Sarangani province in Southern Philippines, will travel to Beijing and Shanghai starting Monday to promote his fight on Nov. 24 in Macau.
On August 3, they will fly to Singapore and will have a private gathering at the Marina Bay Sands as part of Arum's plan to stage a Pacquiao fight in Singapore.
On August 5, Pacquiao and Rios will visit ESPN's studios in Bristol, Connecticut and at 3:00 p.m. the following day, they will hold a press conference at the John Fong Restaurant on Elizabeth Street in New York City. Read more.
At the press conference attended by his promoter Bob Arum and trainer Freddie Roach together with Rios and his entourage at the Venetian Hotel ballroom, Pacquiao said he is thankful to God for the chance to fight again.
“It will be a good fight,” Pacquiao told media members covering the event and his audience inside the ballroom.
“Rios likes to fight toe to toe. There will be a lot of action inside the ring. I pray to God that no one will get hurt. Macau is near the Philippines, so I expect more Filipinos than Mexicans watching this fight.” added.
Photos of Pacquiao, Rios and member of their entourage and other guests, including former heavyweight champion George Foreman, can be viewed here, courtesy of Philboxing.
The press conference coincided with the Top Rank weekend boxing event featuring featuring Chinese Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming opposite Jesus Ortega of Mexico in the main card.
By the time Pacquiao starts real serious training, he would have spent eight months doing mostly basketball for exercise to keep him physically fit.
Pacquiao will get into real serious boxing only when Roach is done with former Pacquiao foe Miguel Cotto, who recently hired Roach as his trainer. According to Philboxing, Roach will join Pacquiao in training camp on October 6.
The famous Puerto Rican fighter is set to return to the ring on October 5 against Delvin Rodriguez at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Right after the fight, Roach will rush to General Santos City to rejoin Pacquiao in the training camp. Read more.
A knockout win or an impressive victory against Rios could lead to a rematch with the winner of the Marquez-Bradley fight early next year.
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