Two-time world champion Manny Pacquaio - the Phillippines greatest sports hero - will be at a Top Rank press conference on Thursday, August 11 to discuss his upcoming bout at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Shelly Finkel, who handles Pacquiao and chief trainer Freddie Roach will accompany the two-time world champion at Max's of Manila Restaurant, 313 West Broadway, Glendale, Calif., at 1:30 pm.
On Sept. 10, Pacquaio will appear on Top Rank's "Double Trouble" championship card at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Erik Morales will face Zahir Raheem, the former USA Olympian from Philadelphia, and Pacquaio will take on Hector Velasquez, a 42-fight winner from Tijuana. Both of the featured bouts are scheduled for 12 rounds.
Velasquez, with Fernando Beltran, will also be at the press conference on August 11.
Appearing on the Sept. 10 big fight card will be the 'Hawaiian Punch,' Brian Viloria, who will challenge champion Eric Ortiz for the WBC light flyweight championship. Vanes Martiroysan, the USA Olympian from Glendale, Calif., will box in a 6-round super welterweight bout.
Fight Notebook - Pacquiao is training at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles....Morales is off to the Otomi training facility which is north of Mexico City....Raheem is working hard with trainer Don House at the new 'House of Champions' gym which is located on Flamingo Ave. in Las Vegas....