LAS VEGAS (AP) – Manny Pacquiao isn’t feeling much love for the hotel where he will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing’s richest fight ever.
Pacquiao plans to skip a Tuesday ceremony at the MGM Grand marking formal fighter arrivals, an event that has been standard at the hotel for major championship fights. Pacquiao is staying at another hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, and will have his after fight party at yet another hotel, the Wynn.
Promoter Bob Arum – who has been embroiled in a dispute with the hotel over tickets – said Pacquiao will only go to the MGM for the final pre-fight press conference, the weigh-in and the fight itself.
“We’re not gonna stay there any more than we have to, because we know the way they’ve been acting we’re not welcome,’’ Arum said.
Pacquiao will head to Las Vegas on Monday after a final four-round sparring session at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, driving to the fight capital in a car alongside a bus carrying his supporters. He will stay at the Delano at Mandalay Bay, where he almost always stays for his fights.
What’s different this time is that Pacquiao won’t appear at the Tuesday ceremony in the lobby of the MGM Grand.