As if Sugar Shane Mosley wasn’t even there, group of reporters surrounded Manny Pacquiao asking questions about possible fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.“If the fight happens it’s good for the fans,” said Pacquiao sporting a new hairdo:”If the fight not happens its ok, because I have already achieved a lot in boxing,” Considering my observations at Thursday’s Los Angeles kick off press conference that was set up to announce May7th welterweight showdown with Sugar Shane Mosley, congressman Manny Pacquiao seems to be right on the money about Mayweather.
First of all, a spacious ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel assigned to host a press conference featuring global super star, Manny Pacquaio was breaking at the seams jam packed with over three hundred mainstream sports and boxing media. Fire marshals were on hand to keep order and to make sure overflow did not reach maximum capacity at the renowned hotel. Last time I have seen such media frenzy was during Oscar De Hoya heydays.
“ I’m excited to be fighting on May 7 because it’s covered by Showtime and CBS,” said Pacquiao announcing his upcoming battle with former three division champion, Shane Mosley scheduled to take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas:” It’s going to give more boxing fans a chance to see the fight.” Having a major network such as CBS to help promote Manny Pacquiao fight was a brilliant idea. It might just be the first step in bringing boxing back to network television. Understanding the significance of this development, humble champion stated:” I want to thank CBS and Showtime for helping us.” CBS sports anchor Jim Hill was on hand to interview Pacquaio and Mosley, which is not a usual occurrence at boxing press conferences, but even more significant was that Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation was in attendance.
“We are not happy you’re (Pacquiao) back, we’re ecstatic,” said Bob Halloran, MGM Grand Sports Entertainment Director:” Globally the most popular fighter in the world is Manny.”