Hundreds of fans turned out today to welcome boxer Manny Pacquiao to MGM Grand in advance of his big fight there Saturday night against Juan Manuel Marquez, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was on duty for a Vegas DeLuxe photo gallery.
Tom told me: “He was all smiles, quite calm and looking confident. There was no truth to the rumor that Floyd Mayweather Jr. was going to welcome him to the Strip, but everybody speculates that Floyd will be there Saturday.”
Juan arrived yesterday -- one day earlier than he was supposed to -- under much quieter circumstances and without a massive fan turnout. His entourage had told MGM officials that they didn’t want to arrive at the same time as Manny, so they paid their own expenses for 24 hours.
Vegas DeLuxe will have coverage of the weigh-ins Friday and throughout fight weekend.