Pacquiao has stopped more auspiciously at AT&T Park on other tours. He threw out a first pitch in April 2009 in the buildup for his knockout of Ricky Hatton, and that event coincided with Filipino Heritage Night. I’ve got a Pacquiao bobblehead doll that Philboxing.com’s Hermie Rivera procured for me. Pacquiao also was visible at the Giants’ ballpark a few months later with Miguel Cotto.
This time there’s a media event in the early afternoon, although the Giants are playing a night game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Pacquiao and Algieri will be most visible at a VIP event within the stadium during Friday’s game.
The WBO welterweight title fight will be staged in Macau, where Pacquiao tamed Brandon Rios last autumn. Pacquiao is coming off a victory over Timothy Bradley. Algieri upset Ruslan Provodnikov in June despite suffering two first-round knockdowns, and his classic boxing style and physical length could pose problems for Pacquiao.
Floyd Mayweather’s welterweight title rematch with Marcos Maidana is barely two weeks away, on Sept. 13 and is getting much more attention than Pacquiao’s tour. But then, Mayweather isn’t coming to San Francisco in the meantime, so Friday’s events are all we’ve got.