Pacquiao rings bell at NYSE, promotes Algieri fight

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 5, 2014

NEW YORK CITY – As Philippine boxing champ Manny Pacquiao rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange at exactly 4 p.m. Thursday, it signals not only the end of trading day at the biggest stock exchange in the world, it also signals the end of their 27,000-mile media tour to drum up excitement for the Pacquiao-Algieri fight in November.

The act of ringing the New York Stock Exchange bells is considered to be an honor and a symbol of a lifetime of achievement – especially for the first Filipino boxer to do so.

Pacquiao said, “Good, it’s a good experience.”

“That was awesome, of all things we’ve done on tour, that was my favorite,” said Algieri.”

Outside the historic New York Stock Exchange building, dozens of fans waited to catch a glimpse and take some selfies with their boxing idols.

“Pacquiao good luck, bugbugin mo si Algieri,” said Lawrence Bautista, a fan from Yonkers, NY.

Earlier that day, even before Pacquiao and Algieri faced off for the last time at a press conference held at the Liberty Theater in Times Square, a dozen of Algieri’s female fans came up on stage to show their support for the underdog from New York.

Algieri’s good looks have brought in new demographics for this male dominated sports

“It’s great for the sports, we’re missing out 50 percent of the population,” Algieri said. “Talking about the Filipino fans by the way, every Filipino fan I’ve met are super cool.”

The blue eyed contender gave a shoutout to his Filipino fans: “Hello all beautiful Filipino women fans out there. So happy that you guys are tuning in and I will see you on November 22nd.”

Meantime, the Congressman from Saranggani was recently criticized on his plans to train and produce champion boxers in China.

For the first time, Pacquiao explained why and how he is using the money he will earn from the gig — to build boxing gyms all over the Philippines.

“Hindi ko kasi in-announce na marami akong pinapatayong gym sa Mindanao, boxing gym tinutulungan ko yung mga youth natin, ay siyempre hindi ko naman magagawa na buong Pilipinas na sarili kong pera ang ginagagastos,” Pacquiao said. “Mabuti pa huwag silang masyadong magdadada, tapos tululungan na lang nila ako.”

The Pacman also confirmed that talks are underway to finally make the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight happen.

“There’s a serious negotiation with my promoter, so hopefully matuloy na next year,” said Pacquiao.

But for now, Pacquiao says that he is focused on his goal at hand – to train hard and give the fans a great fight with Algieri come November 22 at the Venetian in Macau, China.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Mario
    7 September 2014 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Joint venture bet China and MPac to train Chinese boxers. This boxing business deal will make MPac the riches man in Asia.In a few years China will have several world champions and today Chinese boxers are being promoted by Bob Arum. Onced Bob is gone MPac will take over for Chinese boxers as a their promoter. Oscar Dela Hoya, the Bill Gates of Boxing,controls all Latino boxer as a promoter. Oscar has the same age & good friend of Manny, and the Bob Arum children will continue their connection with LVegas group. The BArum children will never go to established base in China, therefore Manny will get all the pie. Manny should concentrate in Boxing, not basketball, PH has no future in Basketball, it is a game of height, while Soccer is a game of speed and stamina, not height, PH have future in soccer.

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