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Pacquiao and Marquez head to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NEV (November 7, 2011) - It began in August with a 25,000-mile international media tour and now, after two solid months of intense training, Congressman MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO and JUAN MANUEL MaRQUEZ will break camp and head to Las Vegas to kickoff fight week for their mega world championship event with their Las Vegas Grand Arrivals which will be open to the public. Marquez, with Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrives Today! Monday, November 7. Pacquiao, along with five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Arum arrives Tomorrow! Tuesday, November 8. Both arrivals will be at Noon PT at the porte cochere and inside the front lobby of the MGM Grand. Both will be transported by luxury buses custom-designed with their images.

Pacquiao and Marquez, who have won world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao's World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, November 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Pacquiao-Marquez III is Act Three of their exciting world championship trilogy that has had fans and media standing on their feet for 24 action-packed rounds.

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Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the lone representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippines, defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against professional nemesis and three-division world champion Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), of Mexico City. Pacquiao and Marquez, will go toe-to-toe on Saturday, November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Pacquiao-Marquez III will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View
, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Remaining closed circuit tickets, priced at $50, are on sale and available at all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Marquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, The Pacquiao-Marquez III world championship telecast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View' and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry.

Episode No. 4, the finale of the all-access reality series '24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez' premieres This Friday! November 11, the night before the welterweight championship showdown, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Episodes No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 are available at HBO ON DEMAND' and HBO GO' in addition to multiple replays on the network. The four-part series premieres on three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.

For Pacquiao-Marquez III fight week updates, log on to www.toprank.com and www.hbo.com.

English Title Shot For Ochieng This Wednesday?

London - Monday, 7th November 2011 - Sensational Light Middleweight prospect Erick "The Eagle" Ochieng looks set to challenge for his first Championship title this coming Wednesday, at the Matchroom Sport promoted "Battle of Essex" event at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Late last week Erick's manager/coach Brian Lawrence was informed that Erick will be fighting for the English Light Middleweight title, should a suitable opponent be available. Erick's response to the news was to instantly step up his training schedule with additional sparring rounds to ensure he was ready for the increase from the scheduled six to a Championship ten rounder.

Following a grueling training session, at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, a beaming Erick said, "Yeah, I'm fighting on Wednesday, hopefully it's still the title fight, the English title fight.

We don't know who I'm fighting yet, we're waiting for them (BBBofC) to confirm the opponent.

I've been training hard so I'm not worried who they get me to fight on the night, all I know is I'm going to be winning."

Erick "The Eagle" Ochieng, against a yet to be named opponent will feature on the undercard of Lee Purdy's British title defense against Erick's TRAD TKO gym mate Colin Lynes at York Hall in Bethnal Green this coming Wednesday.

Chief support for the Purdy-Lynes British Welterweight title clash on the 9th November sees Ashley Sexton defend his English Flyweight title, against a yet to be named opponent.

Supporting the two Championship bouts is an undercard chock a block with the most exciting young talents in the country today, including the supremely talented Light Welter Chris Evangelou, the formidable Middleweight John Ryder, rising welterweight star Tyler Goodjohn and making his second pro appearance Upminster Lightweight Ryan Taylor.

Lee "Lights Out" Purdy versus Colin Lynes for the British Welterweight title tops the bill for the Matchroom Sport promoted "Battle of Essex" event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Wednesday 9th November 2011, as well as live on Skysports.

Tickets, priced Ł35 (Unreserved) and Ł60 (Ringside) are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For information call 07960 850645.

Limond wants Ricky Burns

Glasgow's Willie Limond is targeting a history-making world title showdown against Ricky Burns.

Burns became Scotland's first two-weight world champion in nearly twenty years when he beat Australian great Michael Katsidis to capture the Interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) World title at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.
Limond takes on British Lightweight Champion Anthony Crolla on Friday 25th November at the Ravenscraig Centre in Motherwell, live on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456), but has an eye on facing Burns after.

It would be the first time two Scottish fighters have fought for a world title.

"I was really happy to see Burns beat Katsidis and I thought he put on a great performance to beat one of the world's top lightweights," Said Limond.

"Of course, the big fight would be me against Burns here in Scotland which would be a barnstormer. Two Scotsmen fighting for the world title for the first time ever would be absolutely massive,"

"It's given me the extra incentive to beat Crolla and win the British title to make it happen between me and Burns."

"Crolla is by no means an easy fight. I've got a lot of respect for him and it's going to be a great battle between us, but I going all out to win the title."

Tickets for Crolla v Limond, priced at 40 and "0, are available on through Morrison's Gym on 0141 554 7777 or St Andrew's Sporting Club on 0141 810 5700.

Article posted on 07.11.2011



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