Lem Satterfield

Lem’s latest: Pacquiao, Marquez in New York on Tuesday

WBO welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao and WBO and WBA beltholder Juan Manuel Marquez will be at New York’s Chelsea Piers on Tuesday for the second stage of the press tour promoting their Nov. 12 clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The New York appearance will take place starting at 10 a.m. at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers will be open to the public.

Their appearance is the second stage of a four-city press tour which began this past Friday in Pacquiao’s country, Manila, Philippines.

The tour will cover three countries and an estimated 25,000 miles, next heading to Los Angeles, and ending on Sept. 8 in Marquez’s home of Mexico City.

Opening Tuesday’s press conference will be international recording star Dan Hill, who will join Pacquiao in a live rendition of their Top-10 hit single “Sometimes When We Touch.”

Also on the tour are Pacquiao’s five-time Trainer of the Year, Freddie Roach, Marquez’s trainer Nacho Beristain, and promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Inc.

The clash is the third between the 32-year-old Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 knockouts) and  Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs).
In spite of flooring Marquez three times during their first meeting and once in their second, Pacquiao battled to a draw before winning a disputed split-decision, respectively, in May of 2004 and March of 2008.

A winner of belts over the course of eight divisions, Pacquiao will be looking for his 15th consecutive win and his ninth stoppage during that time in defense of his WBO welterweight title.

Marquez holds the WBA and WBO lightweight belts and has won three straight fights, including consecutive knockouts in the ninth and first rounds against Michael Katsidis and Likar Ramos in November and July.

GATTI INVESTIGATION

Investigators examining the death of former boxer Arturo Gatti will hold a press conference on Wednesday announcing their conclusion that his demise was a homicide and not a suicide.

The findings following a nearly 11-month investigation will be revealed at the Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, N.J. at 11 a.m.

Gatti, 37, was found dead on July 11, 2009 in his hotel room in the Brazilian seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas. He was vacationing with his wife, Amanda Rodrigues, who was arrested and charged with his murder but later released.

Brazilian police eventually concluded after an autopsy that Gatti hanged himself from a wooden staircase column using a handbag strap.

A second autopsy in Canada in 2009 was observed by Michael Baden, former police pathologist and host of the HBO show “Autopsy,” at the request of Gatti’s family. Baden said coroners didn’t rule out homicide as a cause of death.

The refusal of Gatti’s manager, Pat Lynch, to believe his friend and former fighter took his own life led him to hire the Chicago-based investigator Paul Ciolino and his partner, Joe Moura.

 

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com

 

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