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Los Angeles, CA – Philippine Boxing icon and 8 division World Champion Manny ‘Pac Man’ Pacquiao arrived safely in LAX tonight at around 8 pm aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 102 together with wife Jinkee and advisor Michael Koncz. Pacquiao will be embarking on a coast-to-coast media tour beginning tomorrow at The Beverly Hills Hotel to promote his May 7 fight against Shane Mosley.
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Several fans and media gathered at the arrival area as early as 6 PM in hopes of catching a glimpse of boxing’s pound for pound king. This time around however, security was ready and anticipated the massive gathering. Pacquiao’s head of security Rob Peters told me that they coordinated with the airport security for the smoothest transition yet. What nobody– including Top Rank’s head PR exec Lee Samuels — anticipated, is how smooth the airport security would make that transition happen. Not a single soul was able to stall or touch Pacquiao.
To the dismay of several fans, airport security snuck Pacquiao out an alternate exit and into his getaway SUV leaving onlookers bamboozled. “Manny must be laughing right now,” said MP Promotions fighter Rodel Mayol, who also came to greet his friend and idol. Media members who came and were excited to ask Pacquiao about reports of a possible meeting with President Barrack Obama, had to settle with addressing their questions toward Koncz who made himself accesible. In the end however, fans were happy that their ring idol landed safe in LA and that Pacquiao fever is officially back in full effect. “It’s okay,” one determined fan told me, “I’ll catch him tomorrow at the press conference.” Good luck with that.
After the media only press conference in LA Thursday afternoon, Pacquiao and Mosley will head to Las Vegas on the 12th and New York on the 14th to continue their media tour. Both press conferences are open to the public. Judging by the fans’ response through ticket sales and Pacquiao’s arrival, this fight is definitely the most anticipated boxing event of the year 2011 thus far.
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