Popular boxers Marco Antonio Barrera, David Diaz and Edwin Valero are joining Manny Pacquiao in the Philippines for his 30th birthday celebrations. Barrera and Diaz lost to Pacquiao in their recent matches while the undefeated Edwin Valero is courting Pacquiao for a possible match-up.
The affair is a double celebration as Pacquiao is also celebrating his recent victory over the popular boxer Oscar de la Hoya.
Other than the three popular boxers, boxing trainer and future hall of famer Freddie Roach and Top Rank’s Bob Arum are also coming to celebrate with Pacquiao.
Politicians lead by cabinet members Lito Atienza and Chavit Singson are attending the party. Film celebrities and other national and local officials are likewise gracing the occasion. The president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is the special guest of honor.
Oscar de la Hoya was earlier invited by Pacquiao but he declined the invitation as he had to go to Puerto Rico to attend to his family and to take a rest.
Manny Pacquiao became very popular when he figured in a series of boxing fights with known Mexican champions like Barrera, Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez. He defeated all of them in their title matches. Pacquiao’s popularity reached its peak when he fought and won over Oscar de la Hoya in their recent “Dream Match” held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada
After his fight with Oscar de la Hoya, Pacquiao said the he will lay low for about six months to attend to his family and some unfinished business commitments while his promoter Bob Arum is negotiating for his next fight.
“It may be the most spectacular birthday bash, Las Vegas style, that this city, perhaps even the whole of Mindanao, will witness tomorrow when its world-famous and favorite son, boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, turns 30 years old”, Aquiles Zonio said in today’s issue of Philippine Daily Inquirer.
After the grand affair, Manny Pacquiao will head back to the USA to be with his wife who is pregnant and expecting a child within the month or early next year.
In the meantime, negotiations for Pacquiao’s next fight are expected to go full blast after the grand affair. Earlier Ricky Hatton dared Pacquiao to a boxing match in his native England and Pacquiao said that he is willing to accept the invitation. Another boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr sent messages about his intention to fight with Pacquaio.