Pacquiao, Mayweather again divided in fight buildup

Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:04pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Four days before they meet in the ring for their highly anticipated showdown, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather marked the start of fight week at different events on Tuesday, with the Filipino southpaw a notable absentee from the 'Grand Arrival'.

While Las Vegas resident Mayweather greeted his fans in typically flamboyant fashion at the MGM Grand Hotel's official ceremony, Pacquiao conducted his own fan rally elsewhere earlier in the day.

Pacquiao's long-time promoter Bob Arum felt his fighter owed it to his legions of supporters in the United States to host a public rally at the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel, where he and his entourage are staying this week.

"There are 70,000 Filipinos living in Southern Nevada, and they've obviously been very supportive of Manny," Arum told Reuters after Pacquiao had been welcomed to Las Vegas by hundreds of excited, raucous fans.

"We felt that we owed them this type of a rally and we felt that we couldn't do it here (at the MGM Grand) because Floyd, quite properly, would have objected.

"So rather than cause any problems, we went to the Mandalay Bay where Manny is staying and we did it there and he (Mayweather) did his thing here. The timing was good so the press could be at both events."

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A man holds up a fight poster as fans wait for undefeated WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada April 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus