By Lem Satterfield
Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum unveiled to BoxingScene.com his plans for the press tour for the Nov. 12 third bout between eight division titlist Manny Pacquiao in defense of his WBO welterweight belt opposite WBO and WBA light weight titlist Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 37-year-old Marquez (52-5-1, 38 knockouts) must get beyond Saturday night's clash with 25-year-old Likar Ramos (24-1, 18 KOs) at Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mex., if the bout with Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) is to take place.
Pacquiao battled to a disputed draw and won by spiit-decision victory, respectively, against Marquez in May of 2004 March of 2008.
"What we're planning is a press conference wowwie with both fighters in the Philippines in Manila on Saturday, Sept. 3. We expect an attendance of about 500,000. Then, from there, we leave from Manila on Monday morning, and we will arrive in New York on Monday afternoon," said Arum.
"We'll then do a press conference in New York on Tuesday, and then on Tuesday evening we will fly to Los Angeles and do a press conference there on Wednesday or Thursday," said Arum. "Thursday afternoon, we're flying to Mexico City and we'll do a press conference in Mexico City in the Presidential Square for 50,000 people."
Arum did not rule out an attempt to take the promotion to Washington, D.C., although that move appears unlikely.
In February, as part of the promotion of Pacquiao's May 7 defense by unanimous decision over Shane Mosley (46-7, 39 KOs), Pacquiao and his wife, Jinkee, were invited to a luncheon meeting with president Barack Obama and his wife, Michele at the White House.