Manny Pacquiao will be wearing a pair of specially-designed shoes when he steps inside the ring on his May 2 fight date with Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas, Nevada.
There were actually two pairs of “MP shoes,” with color variations of red and white, made for the Filipino boxing icon courtesy of sporting apparel company Nike.
The Nike management said Pacquiao, one of the firm’s biggest endorsers, will be using one of these MP shoes on fight night.
They added that the “MP shoes” were exclusively designed for the pound-for-pound king and will not available in the market.
But for $110, Pacquiao fans can purchase the limited edition of the “Manny Pacquiao Air Trainer (Nike Trainer 1)” which will be available Saturday morning in the US.
The Nike Trainer 1 will be available in four Nike stores in the US along with other Pacquiao memorabilia, including t-shirts, jackets and jogging pants.
Most Pacquiao fans in the US are already excited to buy the items.
"We are gonna be the first one there, I’m are gonna get off at around midnight,” said Fil-Am Pacquiao fan Chris Bermudez. “We are gonna go out with friends from California then I’m going to go straight to Nike Town and be there at five oclock or six o clock in the morning.”
"As you can see, the UK fans are not as committed as or they think they’re committed because they sing songs and stuff. But shirts and memorabilia, they all say it all the stuff is gonna be worth millions of dollars one day, not like Ricky Hatton's stuff where its gonna be worth couple of pounds," said Luis Mora, another Pacquiao fan.
The shoes will also be distributed by Nike Philippines for P5,209 each at the Manny Pacquiao pop up store, Magnet Café Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig on May 2.
Limited pairs will also be made available at Nike Park BHS (The Fort) the next day. -- With a report from Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau, and PhilBoxing.com