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Pacquiao vs Rios: New York press conference notes

HBO specials, relatively inexpensive food, and more were hot topics today in New York.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios hit New York City this afternoon to promote their November 23 fight in Macao, China, after a three-stop tour in Asia. They'll be in Los Angeles on Thursday, too! What a world we live in.

Anyway, here are some of the more important tidbits from today.

  • There will be an HBO "24/7" series, which means we'll get to really know Brandon Rios, which is the best news I heard all day. There will also be a "Face Off" feature with Max Kellerman.
  • Michael Koncz has a business mullet that never gets old.
  • Freddie Roach wasn't there, as he's working with Miguel Cotto at the Wild Card.
  • Robert Garcia says he "can't help" but really like Manny Pacquiao, saying he's a great person, and that he wishes him luck in camp.
  • Brandon Rios said he'd win.
  • Bob Arum, world's foremost expert on China after visiting a few times, noted that the food in Macao is "relatively inexpensive."
  • Some guy from The Venetian's son likes Brandon Rios' "tatts."
  • HBO is the greatest network to ever exist.
  • Football writers may tell you what happened in the game, but they always note what a great event it was. (I was unaware of this, having read lots of football articles.) Mayweather fights, a managing editor at TIME Magazine says, have no "pizzazz," which Arum promises in the form of dancing between fights, plus displays of fire and lighting. That's lighting, not lightning.
  • "The world is changing before your eyes."

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