THE OFFICIAL PACQUIAO-MARQUEZ III MEDIA TOUR NOTEBOOK (Accept No Substitutions!)
Mabuhay Mr. and Mrs. Boxing Fan and all the ships at sea. Let’s go to press.
Dateline Manila — Day No. 1 of the Manny Pacquiao – Juan Manuel Marquez III 25,000-mile international media tour.
GOOD MORNING MANILA! México’s three-division world champion JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ and Hall of promoter BOB ARUM received an incredible media welcome when they arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on September 1. Despite the early hour – 5:30 a.m. – 12 TV crews plus reporters and photographers from various other international outlets and fans greeted them for 30 minutes of interviews. That was followed by a live 20-minute interview at 6:15 a.m. on the morning show on GMA, one of the top TV networks in the Philippines…
HABLA INGLÉS? Much to everyone’s pleasant surprise, Marquez has insisted on doing all his interviews in English, further endearing him to the Filipino fight fans and media alike…
MARQUEZ STAYS ON TRACK! After checking into the historic and elegant Hotel Manila, which celebrates its centennial next year, and doing more interviews there, Marquez and Hall of fame trainer NACHO BERISTAIN went across the street to the Quirino Grandstand for a 30-minute run. Highlights of his run were broadcast on all the afternoon and evening TV newscasts…
ALL KEYED UP! Marquez and Arum were invited to visit with The Honorable Alfredo S. Lim, Mayor, City of Manila. Upon the motorcade’s entrance into the outdoor plaza of the Mayor’s compound, a 100-piece band played “The People” – a national song – followed by a rousing rendition of “Tijuana Taxi,” made famous by Herb Albert’s Tijuana Brass. Before entering the Mayor’s office building, Marquez made his way through the throng of fans to personally thank the band. Marquez and Arum then had a chat in Mayor Slim’s office, followed by a public ceremony where Mayor Slim presented Marquez and Arum with the keys to the city.
“I am happy to be here. This is my second time visiting Manila,” said Marquez. “I love the Filipino fight fans and I am happy I got this opportunity, not just to fight Manny Pacquiao again but because I get to return to Manila. Everyone has made me feel at home. I will be training in the mountains for this fight. This is a very important fight to me and I know it will not be easy to win it…”
GOOD FRIDAY! More activities are on tap for Marquez and Arum on Friday, including a courtesy call to the Mexican Embassy and the first meeting of the media tour between Manny Pacquiao and Marquez at a private dinner hosted by Solar Entertainment.
PACQUIAO vs. MARQUEZ INTERNATIONAL MEDIA TOUR
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 – Open to the Public
2:30 p.m. – News Conference
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Celebration of the Holy Sacrament
Intramuros, Manila, Philippines
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 – Open to the Public!
Chelsea Piers at Pier 60 – Barnegat/Montauk/Nave Rooms
23rd Street and the Hudson River
New York, NY 10011
10:00 a.m. ET – News Conference
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
The Beverly Hills Hotel – Crystal Ballroom
9641 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210
Noon PT – News Conference
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 – Open to the Public!
Monumento a la Revolución
México City, México
1:00 p.m. – News Conference
Pacquiao-Marquez III, the eagerly anticipated third act of their world championship trilogy that has had fans and media standing on their feet for 24 action-packed rounds, will take place Saturday, November 12. It will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Marquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, remaining tickets to Pacquiao-Marquez III are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
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