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More Pacquiao events canceled

Michael Green Michael Green
Larry Rutkowski Larry Rutkowski

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email  (Update: Sunday autograph session was canceled)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao is elusive in the ring and out. Famous for dodging and weaving, he now appears to be ducking out of scheduled appearances in Honolulu.

Several Pacquiao events planned for the next few days have been canceled and another is on the ropes.

Pacquiao retained his WBO welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Juan Manuel Marques last weekend in Las Vegas.

He was scheduled to make several appearances on Oahu while making his way back to the Philippines, but now most of those events have been canceled.

Honolulu attorney Michael Green hopes to someday bring Pacquiao to Aloha Stadium for a title fight. So when Green heard the fighter would be in Honolulu this week, he says he tried to help set up Pacquiao events.

The "Pac-Man" was to appear at Aloha Stadium before Saturday's University of Hawaii football game. Mayor Peter Carlisle was going to be there to present the boxer with a proclamation declaring it Manny Pacquiao Day.

Sunday he was scheduled to meet with soldiers at Schofield Barracks.

Monday there was going to be a $250 a plate dinner with Pacquiao at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

But as the events got closer Green said messages from the Pacquiao camp got cloudier.

"The answers I'm getting are a little, you know, a little bit different depending on who I talk to. And then part of his people want him back in the Philippines because of the fight (with Marques) and I'm watching the clock tick," Green said.

"Now I get a fax late this afternoon that Manny will be coming but NOT now, sometime in the future and they anticipate a video of an apology to the people and the governor and the mayor, which means he is not coming this week," Green added.

According to green all the events are off.

But local promoter Larry Rutkowski has not yet canceled his autograph session with Pacquiao scheduled for this Sunday, November 20.

"Until I hear from either Manny or the marketing group, I haven't canceled anything," Rutkowski told Hawaii News Now.

Rutkowski said he has a signed contract with Pacquiao's marketing company. Rutkowski said he spent a substantial amount of money, including the reserves from his "You've Got a Friend Ministries," to fund the autograph session. He rented a ballroom at the Ala Moana Hotel. He purchased Pacquiao merchandise to sell to fight fans at the autograph session.

Rutkowski told Hawaii News Now he has emailed and called Pacquiao's people, but his inquiries have not been answered. Rutkowski acknowledges he may have to cancel his event, but will hold out hope until at least Friday that the champ will show up and fulfill his commitment.

Rutkowski said his ministry was going to get 90% of the proceeds from the autograph session. If Pacquiao cancels, the ministry will lose money.

Rutkowski said he will refund money to people who have already purchased tickets.

Pacquiao has skipped out on Hawaii before. The singing boxer was going to stage a concert at the Waikiki Shell in 2010, but called it off because of poor ticket sales.

 

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