“What does President Barack Obama and Manny Pacquiao have in common,” asked Big Steve during our morning java at Starbucks on Glenoaks and Western.” Besides the fact that they are involved in politics,” not waiting for my answer continued Big Steve:” They are very hard to get to.”
President Barack Obama has a large presidential security detail called United States Secret Service. They protect the president with their lives. Congressman Manny Pacquiao has a trusted body guard Rob Peters and his crew; they protect pound for pound king of boxing with their lives. Last time president Obama was in Los Angeles they had to close streets in a traffic ridden city. With anticipated havoc not as dire, preparations have began for Los Angeles arrival of super star boxer they lovingly call Pacman.
Manny Pacquaio and his bitter rival Juan Manuel Marquez are set to embark on a Global media tour to promote their third and most likely final showdown which is scheduled to take place on November 12th, 2011 at the Mecca of boxing, MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The historic bout will be televised by HBO PPV. As if this fight needed extra promoting the extensive media tour will cover a lot of ground; beginning on September 2nd at Quirino Grandstand, a presidential plaza in Manila, Philippines where thousands of adoring fans expected to attend and ending on September 8th at Monument of Revolution in Mexico City with similar fan fair.In between on September 6th, Manny and his musical mentor, Dan Hill will perform Pacquiao’s hit single “Sometimes when we touch” in front of thousands of fans in the Big Aple.
The only part of the international media tour that will be closed to the public will take place in Los Angeles. Media only press conference is set to take place in an opulent Berverly HIlls Hotel on September, 7th. It seems peculiar that devoted fans of the city of Angles, a city Pacquiao has adopted as his second home, will not get acess to their idol during this affair.
“ Yes, Manny is very hard,” said John Helleran, a loyal fan and an avid auotograph hound reffering to being able to get a coveted signature on a glove or a signed photograph with his idol. Like many in Southern California bit by a bug called Pacmania, John has began his carrer as an autograph hound to create a hoby he can share with his son. Today father and son duo are experts on whereabouts of Manny Pacquiao; they can give pointers to paparazzi’s as well as working media.
“It’ll probably be a mad house when he arrives on the sixth,” continued, John Helleran, a long time resident of San Gabriel Valley:” Last time Manny escaped through the back and didn’t sign. He ‘ll probably be at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is also tough. The best way to get Manny would be when he leaves at Bradley International terminal. That’s what we will do. If not we’ll just wait till he comes back here to train and we will get him at the Wild Card.”
Larry Weinstock is not just your ordinary boxing fan. After seeing him at a number of boxing events, I finally met Larry at the Maywood Boxing Club when he was checking up on a Abner Mares. Larry Weinstock owns approximately one hundred and fifty signed boxing gloves.” I got my start in 2006 because they had a World Boxing Hall of Fame award dinner that year,” said Weinstock who got hooked on boxing watching Muhmmad Ali with his father:” I got 26 autographs from different fighters that day. Julian Jackson was there and Greg Haugen.”
So what about Manny Pacquiao? “ Pacquiao is the hardest autograph for me to get. I just haven’t had any luck with him, ” said Weinstock in an interview with Elie Seckbach several months ago. For a full interview check this link http://youtu.be/lwePpjMqSo0
“ Manny is very tough,” said Larry yesterday when I asked if he was going to continue his quest for a Pacman signed glove:” Beverly Hills Hotel is like a fortress for a fan. I might just wait till December and get him at the WBC awards dinner in Las Vegas.”
President Obama once said:” Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”
Super star boxer, Manny Pacquiao has made millions of dollars in a fight game, but his popularity reached colossal proportions only because he has hitched his wagon to something larger than himself: helping people. Has he realized his true potential?
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