The first stop for U.S. press tour will be at ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Conn. on August 5, 2013, appearing in various ESPN platforms.
The next stop will be in New York on August 6, 2013 and will end the tour on August 8, 2013 in Los Angeles.
After laying down everything to the fans, through the media, during the press tour, I think everything has been said to hype this fight. After August 8, it’s the time for Pacquiao and Rios to prepare their selves what they promised to the boxing public. It’s time for them to start shaping up what will transpire in the ring.
I am excited to see what will be the changes in Pacquiao’s training camp to avoid distractions. It has been here-and-there distractions that made Pacquiao out-of-focus during training. Pacquiao use to train as hard as he can when he is inside the gym. But when distraction put him out of training camp is another story.
Whether its politics or showbiz commitments, it requires focus too. Shifting focus in many different things will never do well for a body that undergoes rigorous training.
On the part of Rios, he seemed so eager to start training right after the fight was confirmed. I have seen videos of Rios doing light training even before the press tour, whereas Pacquiao, I’ve seen him playing basketball in interview footage, in his hometown in Southern Philippines.
Pacquiao and Rios are in a must-win- fight on their respective careers right now. Both men will be coming in from a defeat. If Rios will lose, it will be two in a row, but if it is Pacquiao will lose, it will be three straight losses, although I am not considering his fight with Bradley a defeat; but in paper, it is.
Neither Pacquiao nor Rios can afford another defeat. Refusal to lose means only one thing: train harder.