Pacquiao's younger and taller opponent, Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios, is better known for his dynamism and bravura. The fighter from Los Angeles has gained a large following among young boxing fans because he represents "a typical young man in America," Arum noted.
Rios, wearing a baseball cap with "I heart Haters" logo, said: "I'll get ready to give Manny the best fight he ever had. He is a warrior, I am a warrior. That's our trait. It's going to be a hell of a fight."
"We want to give the fans a really exciting fight," Arum said. "Brandon and Manny will be hitting each other from the opening bell to as long as they last."
Arum's other card is the Chinese boxing sensation Zou Shiming, who Arum thinks could be polished into a superstar under the tutelage of Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's trainer.
"He's quite smart and a quick learner," Roach said of Zou. "He'll get better and better."
"The problem is that it is a different sport," Arum said. "Amateur boxing rewards boxers for the quantity of punches, not the quality of punches, and professional boxing is more about the quality of punches," Arum said. "We have high expectations of him improving as he goes along."
If all goes well for Arum, the Western sport of boxing might finally sink a long-delayed clinch hold over the East.