It's fair to say that whilst this weekend is choc-a-block with boxing action around the world only one bout will really be getting global attention. Manny Pacquiao v Brandon Rios. It may only be for the WBO International Welterweight title, but it's still a bout so big that it's got almost everyone in boxing talking. It's one of those special bouts.
The poster put out by Top Rank might not be "special" but it's got a very intense look about it that seems to yell "explosive" and that's exactly what we're expecting from the contest. Pacquiao is, well, Pacquiao. A Filipino buzzsaw, who this time enters the ring with many doubting he'll ever be the fighter he once was.
Rios, whilst not a global boxing star like Pacquiao, is a must watch fighter who lacks a great defense though makes up for it with heart and a warrior spirit. This should be special.
Amazingly the Pacquiao-Rios show doesn't just have a special main event but it also has a special co-feature, one that has had it's own poster developed as Billy Dib seeks revenge over Russian Evgeny Gradovich. This IBF Featherweight title bout has some how gotten an under-card poster thanks to Body Punch Boxing Gym.
As well as the two posters from the official promoters we've also come across this one which is a slight twist on the Top Rank one. This one appears to see the colour changed slightly to make things more intense looking and the official title of the show also put it. Of the three available we actually like this one the most
Bob Arum's "Top Rank Promotions" returns to Macau on July 27th for "Fists of Gold II". The card features the second professional contest of 2-time Olympic gold medal winner Zou Shiming, a man Arum seems to see as a potential cash cow in terms of the Chinese market.
As well as the Shiming bout the card features 8 other fights including a contest for Rex Tso (who shares the poster with Shiming) and 2 world title bouts (Evgeny Gradovich v Mauricio Javier Munoz for the IBF Featherweight title and Juan Francisco Estrada v Milan Melindo for the WBO and WBA super title at Flyweight).
Whilst the poster isn't highly impressive the card it's self is and will be well worth tuning in for.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.