Pacman out and selling Bradley bout
February, 7, 2014
By Michael Woods | ESPNNewYork.com
JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImagesTimothy Bradley stands with Manny Pacquiao following their WBO welterweight title match on June 9, 2012. Unbeaten Bradley ended Pacquiao's long unbeaten run with a controversial split decision.Manny Pacquaio's work ethic in selling a fight, in this case his April 12 clash against Timothy Bradley, a rematch of their 2012 tangle, "won" by Bradley, has been on display recently.
Pacquaio, who works as a Congressman in the Philippines when not gloving up, came to LA on Sunday, for a Tuesday presser. That finished, he came to New York and stepped into a media windstorm.
On Wednesday, Pacman, who turned 35 in December, visited Businessweek, the Michael Bloomberg operation, for a roundtable. That turned into a smaller meeting, Manny's people told me, because so many Manny fans wanted to crash the roundtable. He and promoter Bob Arum then visited the AP, Sports Illustrated, Regis Philbin's Fox show and that night, Manny went to see the Knicks play. He snagged a Carmelo Anthony game-worn jersey, and shot the bull with Melo post-game. He also appeared on Keith Olbermann's ESPN show, and I have that on my DVR, still wondering if Big Keith had a flashback to his MSNBC days and asked about Manny's relationship with Harry Reid and Marco Rubio.
On Thursday, Pacman fielded questions at a NYC presser, where he showed ample patience and charm answering questions about whether or not he will ever fight Floyd Mayweather. After that, he and Arum and April 12 foe Timothy Bradley were headed to the tavern owned by trainer Jimmy Glenn, to shoot some promotional footage for HBO, which is putting on the pay-per-view show, with Top Rank. Word is Pacman was going to do some sightseeing Thursday night, and maybe help the local economy with some shopping.
On Friday, he drove to Philadelphia to shoot promo material for the cable company Comcast, based in PA. I heard about 500 Comcast employees pestered him in their cafeteria, asking for photos and autographs, which he graciously agreed to.
Then, it's back to the Philippines, for intensive training for the pound-for-pound ace Bradley, who in the eyes of many studied folks, has leapfrogged Pacman in the pound for pound rankings, based on his stellar victory over Manny rival Juan Manuel Marquez (UD12) in October 2013.
Manny will hop a midnight flight tonight to Manilla, work out there for one week, and then finish up the month working out in General Santos City.
Pacman will hop from the Philippines to Macau, to watch Zou Shiming, also in the Top Rank stable and trained by Freddie Roach, box on Feb. 22, and then take the 1 1/2 hour flight back to his homebase. Manny will come back to the US the first week of March, to California, where he will finish camp with four weeks at Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym in Hollywood.
Let that be a little lesson to you if you didn't think fighters had much to do beyond pushing the plate away and training leading up to a big bout. The promotional grind in itself is no joke.