• Pacquiao to skip MGM arrival rites for training

    Manny Pacquiao waves at the fans during training at the Wild Card gym in California.

    Manny Pacquiao waves at the fans during training at the Wild Card gym in California.

    The People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao will skip the traditional arrival rites at the MGM Grand Hotel today to continue his training a few days before his mega bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2.

    “All my bags are packed and ready to go. We are now leaving Los Angeles,” Pacquiao’s long time adviser Mike Koncz told The Manila Times before Pacman’s camp rolled off to Las Vegas, Nevada. “Instead of attending the grand arrival, Manny will just concentrate on how to win the fight. He is still going to train a little bit there in Las Vegas.”

    Koncz commended Pacquiao’s superb physical condition and readiness to face the unbeaten Mayweather.

    “I don’t know if he’s going to knockout Floyd or not, but I’m very sure Manny will win the fight,” added Koncz. “He doesn’t have any problem so far and his ready to go to war. His condition looks great and superb.”

    Though Pacquiao mentioned training as the cause why he would skip the MGM welcome rites, some boxing fans believe that the real reason is the bad blood between Pacman’s promoter Bob Arum and the hotel’s management.

    “We will arrive at Monday night in Las Vegas and will go to Mandalay Bay. There’ll be no grand arrival at the MGM Grand and the press will just go over in Mandalay Bay,” Arum said in separate interview.

    In 2014, Arum was unhappy with the way MGM favored the Mayweather versus Marcus Maidana fight than the Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley bout in terms of advertisement, “That is extremely rarely done in boxing in Las Vegas, where a casino would advertise a future fight while a current one is going on, because promoters have dramatically different sponsors and corporate partners,” Arum told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports last year.


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