For all the criticism Pacquiao's training camp in Baguio, the City of Pines in the Philippines received, perhaps one of the true benefits of it will be on display this Saturday night at HBO airs the initial episode of Pacquiao-Cotto 24/7.
The outstanding HBO film crew was able to capture the horrifying scenes brought about by typhoon Ketsana, which just a couple of weeks ago, ravaged the island nation destroying hundreds of homes and displacing thousands of people in the process and crippled the country's economy with an estimated damage worth billions in local currency.
This Saturday's episode will show the world a different side of the tragedy which news reports weren't able to relay. Just like Hurricane Katrina in NOLA, it will take years to recover from such a devastating disaster, and hopefully, with the world's eyes exposed to the video documentation of a people in need of aid, that somehow, the excitement generated by the biggest boxing event leads to more than entertainment.
At the end of the day, we are all brothers and sisters bunked in this world of ours. Tragedy can strike anywhere, and perhaps the efforts people like Pacquiao and Bob Arum have shown to lend a helping hand, and many others who have contributed even in the least bit way, will remind people about the greatness of the human spirit, not only in men who perfect their craft inside the boxing ring, but also through the remarkable hearts they possess.
HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured seven Sports Emmy® Awards, will return to present its seventh installment with 24/7 PACQUIAO/COTTO, an all-new four-episode, all-access series. Debuting SATURDAY, OCT. 24 (10:15-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), the series will follow Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, two of the sport’s brightest stars, as they prepare for their Nov. 14 pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas. Pacquiao seeks to continue his reign as the sport’s pound-for-pound king, while Cotto looks to prove that his ring skills are ideal for derailing the Pacquiao express.
This fast-paced series will capture the interactions and rigors the two fighters experience in preparing for their contest. Making his third “24/7” appearance, Pacquiao is expected to surround himself with a familiar contingent of family and friends as he trains with trusted longtime associate Freddy Roach. HBO reality series newcomer Cotto, who never ducks a challenge, is taking on his biggest fight yet with trainer Joe Santiago as they seek to set a strategy to unseat the widely regarded pound-for-pound champ.
Episodes two and three of 24/7 PACQUIAO/COTTO debut on subsequent Saturdays – OCT. 31 (11:00-11:30 p.m.) and NOV. 7 (9:00-9:30 p.m.) – while the finale debuts FRIDAY, NOV. 13 (9:30-10:00 p.m.), just one night before the fight. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand.