MANILA, Philippines – American audiences will be in for a treat as they will get to watch Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao train in the Philippines for his upcoming bout against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, promoter Bob Arum said.
Pacquiao will fight Rios on November 24 in Macau, and will hold his training camp in his hometown of General Santos City instead of the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, where he has held his previous training camps.
“We’ll have Manny come over to the United States and spend about a week here, and then he’s gonna do most of his training back in the Philippines before he goes to Macau,” Arum said in an interview with Boxing Scene.
But the Top Rank chief executive promised that American audiences will still be able to see Pacquiao in action during training camp, the way they were able to do so in his previous fights via HBO’s “24/7” reality series.
“The world is shrinking,” Arum said. “We’ll have more coverage of his training in General Santos city than we did at the Wild Card in Los Angeles.”
“(Trainer) Freddie (Roach) will be with him, the sparring partners will be with him,” he added. “It will be a new experience for American viewers to get these reports from Asia.”
“Years ago, you couldn’t do this, but today with the technology the way it is, it’s very easy.”
Arum has repeatedly said that he expects an exciting affair when Pacquiao touches gloves with the hard-hitting Rios, and believes that the Filipino icon will show that he is still an elite fighter.
He is hopeful that the winner of the Pacquiao-Rios bout will take on the winner of the welterweight clash between Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley, who are set to fight in October.
“I would like that to happen, yes, but that will be up to the fighters and their management,” Arum said.