LAS VEGAS, NEV. (July 23, 2013) -- Fighter of the Decade, Congressman MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO (54-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani Province of the Philippines, and former world champion BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS (31-1-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., will take to the air before they collide in the ring in an unprecedented seven-stop international media tour that will begin in Asia and end in the U.S. Pacquiao and Rios, their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia, along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Edward Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., will embark on a 23,722-mile media tour promoting Pacquiao's 2013 debut, in a 12-round welterweight rumble, against Rios, one of boxing's most exciting fighters. The media tour will kick off at The Venetian®Macao, on Saturday, July 27, and then head to Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore before meeting U.S.-based media with a day spent at the Bristol, Conn.-based headquarters of ESPN, followed by press conferences in New York and Los Angeles. Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Rios will take place Saturday, November 23, at The Venetian Macao’s CotaiArena™. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
For Pacquiao, boxing's only eight-division world champion, this marks the pound-for-pound box office monarch's first fight outside the U.S. since his 12-round super featherweight unanimous decision victory over former world champion Oscar Larios in 2006, which took place in the Philippines. Rios' only fight outside the U.S. was in México in 2008 when he won a 10-round split decision over Ricardo Dominguez.
PACQUIAO vs. RIOS
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA TOUR ITINERARY
(All Times are Local)
SATURDAY, JULY 27 at NOON
The Venetian Macao - Venetian Ballrooms A - C
MONDAY, JULY 29
Fighters Tour Beijing
TUESDAY, JULY 30 at 12:30 P.M.
Park Hyatt Beijing - Courtyard 1
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 at 12:30 P.M.
Four Seasons Shanghai - Ballroom 1
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
Marina Bay Sands Singapore
MONDAY, AUGUST 5
Fighters Visit ESPN
ESPN Headquarters, Bristol, Conn.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 at 3:00 P.M. ET
New York Press Conference
Jong Fong Restaurant
20 Elizabeth St.
(South of Canal St., between Canal & Baynard Sts.)
New York, NY 10013
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 at Noon PT
Los Angeles Press Conference
The Beverly Hills Hotel - Crystal Ballroom
9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210
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