HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (December 3, 2012) – After eight grueling weeks of training, in preparation for his fourth battle against professional nemesis Juan Manuel Márquez, Fighter of the Decade MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, will conclude his final day of training camp with a media reception for Congresswoman-elect TULSI GABBARD (D-Hawaii), Today! Monday, December 3, beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. PT, at Wild Card Boxing Club (1123 North Vine St., Hollywood, Calif. 90038.)
Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion, is also the sole congressional representative of the Sarangani province in his native Philippines. He had endorsed Ms. Gabbard’s candidacy which ended up with her winning a landslide victory in the November election and the opportunity to represent Hawaii’s 2nd District. Gabbard, 31, is an Iraq war veteran who served two tours. Her earliest success in Hawaii politics came in 2002, when she was elected to the state House of Representatives. Just 21 years old at the time, she was the youngest person ever elected to the Hawaii state legislature.
Following his reception with Congresswoman-elect Gabbard, Team Pacquiao will make its traditional road trip to Las Vegas in a luxury bus custom-designed with Pacquiao’s image on all four sides.
The finale of the all-new editions of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 PACQUIAO/MARQUEZ 4 debuts on Friday, December 7 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the high-stakes welterweight showdown. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand and HBO GO®.
Pacquiao and Márquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs), of México, who have won world titles in 12 weight divisions between them, will go mano a mano and toe-to-toe, for the fourth time, in a 12-round welterweight battle, Saturday, December 8, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions, Zanfer Promotions, Márquez Boxing, Tecate, Wonderful Pistachios, Cinemax ‘Banshee,’ Smart Communications, Universal Pictures ‘Django Unchained’ and MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, remaining tickets to Pacquiao-Márquez 4 are priced at $1,200, $900 and $400. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at all MGM Resorts International box offices, www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
The Pacquiao vs. Márquez 4 telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. Follow HBO Boxing news at www.hbo.com and at www.facebook.com/hboboxing. Use the hashtag #PacMarquez to join the conversation on Twitter. For Pacquiao vs. Márquez updates, log on to www.toprank.com or www.hbo.com.