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The news conference

Updated: March 13, 2008, 6:44 PM ET
By Kieran Mulvaney

Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. ET -- News conference

Pretty enjoyable news conference today. The Foundation Room is a lot more crowded than some of the typical news conference locations, which actually made for a more atmospheric setting. Plenty of Filipino journalists, of course, as well as Mexican ones.

Pacquiao looked strong and solid, and more relaxed and genial than has sometimes been the case. Marquez sat on the dais with his head resting on his hand, either extremely laid back or very bored. Diasdado Gabi, who is fighting Abner Mares in a bantamweight bout on the pay-per-view card, thanked everybody in his halting English and finished by saying "I love boxing" and "thank you" again, which had everybody on his side.

Mares, confident but mild-mannered, smiled his way through his few comments. WBC lightweight champ David Diaz and promoter Bob Arum joked about Diaz's recent goal-scoring exploits at a Chicago Blackhawks game (in the process, Arum showed how little he knows about hockey). And Steven Luevano smiled shyly and promised his co-main event against Terdsak Jandaeng (and I know what you are thinking, but it's pronounced Terzak) will be a great fight. And both Pacquiao and Marquez, as expected, showed class, promising victory while respecting the other man.

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