MACAU -There's a sprinkling of American fans who have joined the multitude at the Cotai Arena to watch the big fight on Sunday, but most of them do not necessarily root for New Yorker Chris Algieri.
In fact, even boxing fans from other countries like England and China who Spin.ph talked to are also rooting for Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao.
“It’s my second time to watch a Pacquiao fight. I like the Filipino community and I am rooting against an American (Chris Algieri),” Johnny Bebad, an American fan, told Spin.ph on Sunday.
Bebad said he is hoping for an impressive win by Pacquiao to clear the way for a megafight against another American, the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
“Manny, make it happen, big boy. We’ll see you and the number one fighter down the road, Mayweather,” he said.
Bebad’s Englishman friend, Tommy, said he became a fan of Pacquiao after watching the highlights of his past fights on video-sharing website YouTube.
“I saw him first against (Brandon) Rios last year. I began to like him so much and watched his fights. And he is very humble,” said Tommy.
Another American, Shaun O’Meilly, arrrived in this gambling enclave all the way from Chicago to root for Pacman.
“I’m a big Pacquiao fan. One hundred (percent), I root for Pacquiao, I am here to support Manny because I want the Mayweather fight to happen. I am not giving Chris any chance. Pacquiao is too quick, he’s gonna win,” said O’Meilly.
Here are the comments of other boxing fans we interviewed outside the Cotai Arena:
Meanwhile, hundreds of Filipino fans who arrive here on Sunday morning, either from the Philippines or from nearby Hong Kong, are now having a hard time securing tickets.
Some were forced to deal with scalpers, who are selling tickets almost triple their original value near the Cotai Arena entrances.
“Wala na nga kaming mabili, promise. Kanina pa kami 7 a.m. dito naghahanap. Baka sa screen na lang sa bar kami bibili,” said a Filipina.
“Pero sana mamaya may bagsak presyo na dyan pag nagsimula na,” she added.