PORT MORESBY (POST COURIER) —The Manny Pacquiao and Anthony Mundine’s exhibition bout scheduled for June in Port Moresby is set to create a new chapter for boxing in PNG.
Australia Professional Boxing advisor Peter Maniatis said; “This fight will be the biggest global sporting event in the history of this country.
Maniatis said Pacquiao’s family have welcomes the fight and are excited to visit the capital city and meeting the Prime Minister of PNG and the government.
“I am delighted to bring this incredible boxing experience to PNG,” Maniatis said.
“This fight will give fans an unrivalled boxing match with a huge undercard.
“It is an honour to be a part of such an iconic event and I would like to thank the Oceania Fight Promotion (OF) headed by Maryanne Millie and the team for organising this event,” said Maniatis.
Maniatis who has promoted over 120 fights in Australia and 20 shows in the Philippines has being working closely with Pacquiao’s manager Sean Gibbons to host the exhibition bout.
“This event will be a first class event, similar to the type we host in Las Vegas where the undercard starts at 6pm and the main bout starts at 9.30pm.
“This fight will be something PNG has never experience,” Maniatis said.
“Preparations are progressing really smooth, with both fighters agreeing to the terms of their contracts.
“We are just awaiting signatures of both fighters before finances are finalised to get things rolling.
Mundine has already organised an Australian crew to document the exhibition fight which should be released anytime sooner.
The documentary will be like the rumble in the jungle and a memorarable fight between Mohammad Ali and George Forman held in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1974.
He said more details and the official dates will be confirmed in a press conference in Manila, Philippines in May.
Meantime, PNG Professional Boxing Control Board chairman Bernard Fong said that the bout would not only be a major event in the country but receive global coverage and attention given Pacquiao’s stature in the sport and his popularity.
Fong said all expenses will be paid by the promoter.
It is likely the bout will be staged at the Sir John Guise Stadium…..PACNEWS