Pacquiao, Rios dispute special belt
The World Boxing Organization will make a special belt for the winner of what promises to be an all-out action fight between Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao and exciting Brandon Rios at the Cotai Arena in the sprawling Venetian Resort Hotel on Nov. 24.
WBO Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo announced that Pacquiao and Rios will fight for the WBO International welterweight title.
“A special belt is being made for the winner of one one of the most spectacular events in the world. It will be huge,” said Panoncillo and WBO president Francisco Valcarcel.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who joined the two fighters and their trainers on a promotional tour, which kicked off in Beijing on Monday and will have a press conference today, said he expects the television coverage “to reach more people than the last Olympic Games in China (in 2008). The fights being staged in Macau now emphasizes that the world is a very small place.”
Pacquiao and the former world champion raced up the Great Wall of China, one of the great wonders of the world, on Monday.
Both fighters are making a stop in Beijing as part of their world-wide media tour, which will also include stops in Shanghai, Singapore and New York, before finally concluding in Los Angeles.
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