Top Rank’s TopRank.TV will have a live streaming of Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao–Brandon Rios press conference starting at midnight ET/9 p.m. PT from the Venetian Ballroom at the Venetian Macao in Macau, China, Top Rank announced on Friday.
Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 knockouts) and Rios (31-1, 23 KOs) will be commencing the first stop of a seven-city, international press tour in advance of their welterweight bout scheduled for Nov. 24 in Macau, China (Nov. 23 in the western hemisphere).
The jaunt begins on Saturday, and will have stops in Beijing and Shanghai as well as the Marina Bay Islands of Singapore before going to Bristol, Conn., New York City, and finally Los Angeles on Aug. 8.
Pacquiao and Rios will be joined by their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia, as well as Top Rank CEO Bob Arum over the course of a tour that is expected to cover 23,722 miles, according to a press release from Top Rank.
Pacquiao, who turns 35 in December, will face Rios in an attempt to rebound from consecutive losses, by disputed split-decision to WBO beltholder Tim Bradley and sixth-round knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez, last year.
Rios, who tuned 27 in April, is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Mike Alvarado in a rematch of Rios’ seventh-round stoppage win last October.
Roach has called Pacquiao’s fight with Rios a shot at “sweet revenge” for a November of 2010 video in which Rios and now-retired former welterweight titleholder Antonio Margarito appeared to mock Roach’s Parkinson’s disease.
Manny Pacquiao versus Brandon Rios press tour
(All Times 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
Photo by Chris Farina, Top Rank
Photo by Naoki Fukuda
Lem Satterfield can be reached at [email protected]