MANILA, Philippines - The stage is set for the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez press tour, and chief promoter Bob Arum said a couple of days ago he can already feel the excitement.
“There is no question, there has never been a press tour that will have encompassed this distance,” the ageless and energetic Top Rank chief told Ring TV.com.
“This is incredible because it’s one complete tour that is going around the world,” he said of the tour that swings by Manila, New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City in just six days.
It will cover a total of 25,000 miles, and both fighters, plus members of their small entourage, will practically hop in and out of planes, both commercial and private, night and day.
It’s green and go.
But that’s unless Hurricane Irene, with gusts of up to 115 mph and an incredible wingspan of 500 miles, stands in the way of the tour’s New York City stop on Sept. 6.
People will start arriving in Manila on Sept. 1, including Marquez and his handlers, Arum and his team, Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, and a handful of mediamen.
The tour kicks off on Sept. 3 at the Quirino Grandstand, and then it’s off to New York via San Francisco on the night of Sept. 4. From New York (Chelsea Piers), the show proceeds to LA (Beverly Hills Hotel) on the 7th, and Mexico City on the 8th.
Right after the Mexican stop, around noon at the historic Monumento a la Revolución, Pacquiao and his men will take a private plane back to LA, and catch the 10 p.m. flight to Manila.
Hurricane Irene, the Associated Press reported yesterday, has clobbered and knocked out power lines in North Carolina and Virginia.
And it’s moving toward New York, the city that never sleeps.
As of yesterday afternoon, New York has emptied its streets, and hundreds of thousands evacuated. The subway system is down for the first time because of a natural disaster.
There is no traffic. Flights to and from New York’s five main airports have been halted, and NFL matches as well as baseball games were postponed. Broadway theaters “were dark.”
New York is bracing for disaster, and yet everybody’s praying and hoping for the best, that the super storm changes its mind, and that it veers and disappears into the ocean.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Pacman, Marquez ready for press tour