MANNY PACQUIAO, SHANE MOSLEY
ALL CLASS AT FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE
AT HOLLYWOOD THEATRE AT MGM GRAND
Wednesday, May 4
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
LAS VEGAS (May 4, 2011) – A mega-boxing event devoid of trash talk continued Wednesday as classy athletes Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley maintained their respectful tones during the final press conference at the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand. The final press conference for the undercard fighters is Thursday.
Several hundred media types from around the world attended a press conference hosted by SHOWTIME and CBS sports personality, James Brown. Besides the main eventers, other speakers included Hall of Fame promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager SHOWTIME Sports, President Sports and Entertainment MGM Resorts International, Richard Sturm, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and the boxers’ trainers and managers.
Toward the end of his turn at the podium, Pacquiao sang a line from his recently released “Sometimes When We Touch’’ single.
This Saturday, May 7, at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena, eight-division world champion Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, will defend his WBO welterweight title against three-division world champion Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs), of Pomona, Calif., in the main event of a four-fight telecast produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Those who buy the event online will get features unique to the digital platform through NeuLion’s technology. The enhanced and unique viewing offers a four-shot, multi-angle dynamic player that will allow viewers to interact and feel an enriched experience. The online pay-per-view is exclusive to U.S. viewers. Select cable and satellite TV systems will also be offering the pay-per-view live stream.
Closed circuit tickets, priced at $50, are on sale and available at all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties.
In other bouts on the telecast, WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (20-0-1, 17 KOs), of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will make his Las Vegas debut and third title defense when he faces five-time world champion Jorge Arce (56-6-2, 43 KOs), of Los Mochis, México, former world middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, meets undefeated WBC Continental Americas super middleweight titleholder Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (21-0, 16 KOs), of Cut and Shoot, Texas, in a 10-round super middleweight battle; and Mike Alvarado (29-0, 21 KOs), of Denver takes on “Sugar” Ray Narh (25-1, 21 KOs) of Accra, Ghana, in a 10-round super lightweight match.
The mega-event is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand.