Boxing fans agog over the Pacquiao-Mayweather mega fight in Las Vegas (Sports)

April 29, 2015 4:41 am 

By Randolph G. Altarejos

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (PNA) — As the much-awaited mega boxing fight between the world's eight-division boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and the undefeated Floyd Mayweather is closing in on May 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada, many boxing fans are showing mixed reactions.

From where I stood, I had noticed that most people, not only Filipinos, are eagerly over-excited to watch the mega fight which will, once and for all, determine who is really the tough boxing star worldwide.

In one of the laundry shops close to the Seafood City Market in Carson, for example, a group of Hispanic males was rooting for the Pacman.

"I am a Latino but I bet for Pacquiao," one of the men from Guatemala said as he raised his fist up in the air."Even those in jails are for Pacquiao," he shouted, catching the attention of a number of Filipinos doing their chores inside the laundry shop.

Congressman Pacquiao has defeated many Hispanic boxers in the ring. But between the two, Latino boxing fans are rooting for the Filipino boxing pride.

Like other nationalities who feel excited over the boxing match, Filipino-Americans and other immigrants can't help but get into the tempo of soaking their excitement with gusto as they look forward to that important event in boxing history.

As the boxing event closes in, boxing fans are agog on what to do on the day of the fight. In fact, even those who want to go to MGM Grand in Vegas can't just walk in to buy the cheapest ticket possible, which is a much better option.

However, it would be impossible now as all the tickets are sold out, news reports said. The cheapest ticket is being sold at USD 1,500 apiece. And even the complimentary tickets that are allotted to Pacquiao could hardly be available to his friends for free.

"I just can't afford it," says Allan Gutierrez, a health care provider who will miss the fight due to a work assignment. "Pay-Per-View (PPV) is a much cheaper and convenient option for fight fans," he insists.

As this developed, business outlets are thinking of showing the fight for free to attract more customers.Among the business establishments that are popular among Filipinos in Carson include the lone Jollibee outlet, Manila’s Lechon, Chow King, Red Ribbon, Manila Sunrise, Goldilocks, Little Quiapo and others.

The city of Carson is home to the largest concentration of Filipinos in the Los Angeles County. In his previous fights, Pacquiao visited the place and met with his Filipino fans in Tambuli Market, a mini-supermarket owned by a Fil-Chinese businessman.

Like what some of the celebrities are saying, most boxing fans in Southern California have expressed optimism that the event will be a pure entertainment to watch.While Las Vegas is only a short distance drive from Los Angeles, many still prefer to watch it inside the comfort of their own homes.

"It will also serve as a get-together event among friends and relatives who may want to soak in the much-awaited excitement in sports," says a certain Mang Romy from Pangasinan. While betting is not new in the heart of Vegas, some boxing fans here are also looking to put their money down in favor of the Filipino boxing icon.

This early, fight fans are expected to swarm the Official Fight Merchandise Store in Las Vegas, where souvenir items of both fighters are up for sale. PNA learned that proceeds from the sale of these items will go to charities.

But not without any pre-conditions as Mayweather has been considered to have a little edge over Pacquiao insofar as height and reach are concerned.

Still the fight remains to be seen to find out, with the blessings of fair and untainted judging, who is the best fighter between the two. (PNA)

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