Welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao, junior welterweight titlist Chris Algieri and their teams are about to embark on a trip that makes me ill to even think about.
In an effort to promote Pacquiao’s defense against Algieri on Nov. 22 (HBO PPV) at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena in Macau, China, the fighters, Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach, Algieri trainer Tim Lane, Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, Algieri co-promoters Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, Ed Tracy (president and CEO of Sands China Ltd., which owns the Venetian Macao), publicists Fred Sternburg and Lee “Harv” Samuels and support staff will travel 27,273 miles over 12 days to six cities in two countries on a media tour.
The promotional tour kicks off with a news conference Monday at the Venetian Macao. Then they will fly to Shanghai for another news conference Tuesday, as well as an appearance at a card Top Rank is promoting that night at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. It is headlined by Randy Petalcorin against Walter Tello for a vacant interim junior flyweight title.
Then everyone heads to the United States for a series of events Aug. 29 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The schedule includes a news conference, a photo opp with the San Francisco Giants, a Q&A with fans and a pregame ceremony.
On Aug. 30, the group will be at the Venetian in Las Vegas for a private event the casino is putting on. Then it’s off to Los Angeles. Pacquiao will throw out the first pitch for the game between the Dodgers and Washington Nationals on Sept. 1. On Sept. 3, there will be a Los Angeles news conference.
Then it’s cross-country to New York for a news conference Sept. 4, as well as other media appearances. They will close the tour by ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 4.
Then it’s off to training camp.