THE final countdown for Manny Pacquiao’s fourth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez begins on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) when the camp of the Filipino ring icon leaves for Las Vegas.
Pacquiao will spar for one last time at the Wild Card gym at around mid-noon, and after freshening up, embarks immediately for the four-hour travel to the entertainment capital of the world.
His entourage that includes trainer Freddie Roach, assistants Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri, and strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, is expected to arrive in Vegas by night time, just in time for the formal arrival ceremony by the two fighters on Tuesday at the lobby of the MGM Grand.
A long convoy of vehicles will accompany the 33-year-old Pacquiao on his way to 'Sin City,' including the customized bus provided by Top Rank that bears the huge image of the 'Pacman.'
Marquez and his group are also going to Vegas on Monday after arriving in LA on Saturday aboard a private plane from Tolucca, Mexico, where his training camp was based.
The final press conference for the 12-round fight is set on Wednesday while the formal weigh-in is set Friday noon.