Manny Pacquiao's arrival in Los Angeles for the rest of his training camp was greeted with a barrage of paparazzi clamoring to take pictures. However, the scene was probably staged by Bob Arum as another attempt to increase hype for Pacquiao's fight with Marquez. Top Rank is allegedly not happy with the limited attention that the fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is getting in the media.
Setting up the Stage for the Paparazzi
The Los Angeles paparazzi have not discovered a newfound interest in boxing or Manny Pacquiao. Several sources have reported that Top Rank made sure the paparazzi knew the exact flight and arrival time, so they could swarm the airport at the right moment. There are also rumors that some of the photographers were actually paid by the promoters to show up and create more hype.
This is the latest attempt by Bob Arum to generate more interest for the Dec. 8 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. The bout has not generated as much attention as Top Rank would like to see considering it is the fourth time that they will meet in the ring. It seems the promoters are willing to resort to any tactics to get more media attention.
Manny Pacquiao's training camp in Los Angeles is starting two weeks later than originally announced by Top Rank. The boxer extended his stay in the Philippines for political reasons and did not return to L.A. on Oct. 14. Instead, Pacquiao was seen at the Los Angeles International Airport this weekend. He is expected to immediately begin training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym.
The delay in his training camp has reignited debates about his priorities and future in boxing. Is his political career more important to him than the rematch? Manny Pacquiao's decision to stay in the Philippines longer than he originally announced makes the answer clear. Top Rank is rumored to be angered by his decision to delay the training, but it is not likely to make this reaction public as it continues to promote the fight.
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