Pacquiao training goes live in New York’s Times Square

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12:11 AM December 1st, 2012

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By: Roy Luarca, December 1st, 2012 12:11 AM

Manny Pacquiao’s fans in New York need not go to Hollywood to see the eight-division world champion in action.

All they have to do is go to the Nasdaq building in Times Square Friday (Saturday in Manila) and be treated to live streaming of Pacquiao’s training at the Wild Card Gym under the supervision of chief trainer Freddie Roach.

They need not worry about getting blocked from view either because the giant screen is seven stories tall and encompasses a little over 1,000 square meters of screen space.

Top Rank, through revered promoter Bob Arum, thought of the fan-oriented innovation—a one-hour live stream on TopRank.com, InsideHBOBoxing.com and other major sports, boxing and entertainment websites, simulcast on the Nasdaq building screen.

Produced by Top Rank, in association with MLB Advanced Media, in full HD (high definition) and utilizing a unique five-camera system, “Just Watch” will show an actual training session between Pacquiao and Roach as they prepare for the Filipino icon’s fourth showdown against four-division world champion and Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to a Philboxing report, Just Watch will be hosted by Top Rank’s Crystina Ponche and will give fans an unprecedented view of Pacquiao’s rigorous training session in live time.

“We wanted to give boxing fans a front row seat to what training camp for a big fight is like just days away from walking into the ring,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “This has never been done before and if we were going to present it on one of the biggest stages—Friday rush hour in Times Square—it only made sense to do it with boxing’s biggest star, Manny Pacquiao.”

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