LAS VEGAS – It has been a long tradition for major boxing events to host grand arrivals for fighters in Las Vegas.
A sea of cellphones from fight fans covered the lobby from corner to corner at the MGM Grand Casino. Fans heavily clustered together just to get a shot of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr.
First to arrive was Bradley and his team. Bradley said his eight-week training will finally be put to the test on fight night.
The boxer said he is no longer rattled that the April 9 bout will be a pay-per-view event, the fourth in his career.
“I’ve been here before, the lights are bright, I’m ready for it,” said Bradley. “I’m relaxed, I know what this is all about and I know what the main focus is and that’s Saturday night, baby.”
Pacman’s fans eagerly waited for his grand entrance.
“Masayang, masaya ako. Thank you to all the fans for all your prayers and support na ipinakita ngayon dito…warm welcome. Hindi ko ini-expect na ganito karami yung mga tao na pupunta at sasalubong sa grand arrival at napakarami…It’s very touching,” he said.
Meanwhile, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum graciously accepted Pacquiao’s decision to hang up his gloves. Arum said that Pacman’s retirement decision is not new to him, comparing it to boxing greats such as Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, among others–boxing greats Top Rank has promoted through the years.
“Like the Bible says, ‘Everything has a beginning and everything has an end,’” said Arum.
“We are at a beginning that came from nowhere, and a great career in the middle, and the end is the end. Everything must end.”
The countdown to the Pacquiao-Bradley 3: The Real Fight has begun and the People’s Champ believes that if there is a grand entrance, he is expecting a victorious grand exit come Saturday.
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