Fortune smiles on Pacquiao


Fortune smiles on Pacquiao

PRESS RELEASE: Icebergs in San Antonio?  There is going to be a whopper at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas this Saturday night!  Justin Fortune, trainer of boxing's pound-for-pound most exciting fighter, the reigning "Fighter of the Year" and Congressional candidate Manny Pacquiao (40-3-2, 33 KOs), from The Philippines, warned undefeated top-rated contender Jorge Solis (30-0-2, 23 KOs), from Mexico,  that he will be heading into boxing's one-man natural disaster when he faces three-division world champion Pacquiao in their 12-round super featherweight battle.  Promoted by Top Rank and MP Promotions, the Pacquiao-Solis title rumble headlines "Blaze of Glory!" -- a four-fight Pay-Per-View show which will be broadcast Live from The Alamodome on April 14, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.                 

"Manny is back at peak condition and he is throwing punches with more explosive power than I have ever seen from him in all the years I have worked with him," stated Fortune after yesterday's public workout.  "One of Manny's best weapons is his punch we call Manila Ice. When Solis gets hit by it, it will be 'buenos noches, Jorge.' You saw how quickly The Titanic sank when it hit that iceberg?  Solis is in for a hulluva night."            

 "Pacmania" has officially hit San Antonio in a big, big way. Projected ticket sales make "Blaze of Glory!"  the second-biggest boxing event in San Antonio history.  Bigger than Oscar De La Hoya's 1997 welterweight title defense against David Kamau, and even bigger than Pacquiao's 2003 knockout victory of Marco Antonio Barrera.  Only the legendary welterweight title fight between Pernell Whitaker and Julio Cesar Chavez in 1993 had a bigger opening.              

The strong PPV portion of the card will also feature a Mexican civil war between WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (30-3-2, 11 KOs), from Gomez Palacio, Mexico, defending his title against two-time world champion and current No. 1 contender Jorge Arce (46-3-1, 35 KOs), from Los Mochis, Mexico; former world champion and WBC #1 contender Brian Viloria (19-1-1, 12 KOs), from Waipahu, Hawaii, taking on WBC #2 Edgar Sosa (26-5, 14 KOs), from Mexico City, Mexico, for the vacant WBC light flyweight title; and undefeated contender, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., Jr. (29-0-1, 22 KOs), from Culiacan, Mexico, son of Mexican icon Julio Cesar Chavez, in a 10-round welterweight bout against tough veteran Anthony Shuler (20-4-1, 14 KOs), from Indianapolis.   

Remaining tickets for "Blaze of Glory!"  priced at $300, $200, $100, $75, $50, $35, can be purchased at the Alamodome Box Office, by calling (210) 207-3663 and at