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Manny Pacquiao has much to do to reach Chinese audience

Published on Nov 23, 2013 9:41 PM
Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao (third from left) and Brandon Rios (second from right) of the US pose after taking to the scale during the official weigh-in event in Macau on Saturday, Nov 23, 2013, one day ahead of their welterweight bout. -- PHOTO: AFP

MACAU - Manny Pacquiao is the standard bearer of Asian boxing and, for many, he also represents the entire sport, but there is still plenty of work to do to get the Chinese on his side judging by the build-up to Sunday's fight in Macau against Brandon Rios.

There is a huge presence of Filipinos wandering around the Venetian hotel - where the fight will be held - snapping photos in front of murals of the fighter and other promotional material dotted around the complex.

There are also plenty of Western ex-pats thronging McSorley's Ale House as the clock ticks down to the big welterweight clash at the Cotai Arena. Some have made the short hop from Hong Kong while others have flown in from further afield, including the UK, especially for the fight. Australian accents can also be heard above the clink of beer glasses.

But it seems as though the Chinese punters at the gambling tables do not seem to be taking much notice of the buzz that is building for Pacquiao's attempt at redemption.

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