This weekend's big show from Macau comes with a vast number of promotional posters, banners, images and the such. We've seen two Thai posters, a Chinese poster, a Filipino poster and an American poster.
The Chinese poster, on the left of the 3 images above, dubs the show "Clash in Cotai II" and from all the posters available it shows the most fighters with 5 men featured on it including local stars Rex Tso and Zou Shiming as well as main event fighters Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri, who clash for the WBO Welterweight. It also features Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez who has since been removed from the show. The details are there and i's poster aimed at the Chinese and Hong Kong market where Tso is a big name. It's an interesting poster but not great and the fact it still has Ramirez is a black mark against it.
The poster in the middle is a Filipino poster dubbing the card "Hungry for Glory" and features Filipino hero Manny Pacquiao by himself. It's a striking poster but one that is certainly aimed towards the Filipino market and no one else.
The final of the 3 posters here us the US poster selling the main event as a PPV fight. It's the sort of poster that US fans will be accustomed to though we can't help to feel it would have been nice to see some of the other men on the show featured on the poster.
(Images courtesy of: hk-magazine.com, http://www.cignal.tv and http://www.boxnews.com.ua)
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
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.