Friday, June 12, 2009

Photographing PACQUIAO in New York City (Boxing Writers Association of America "Fighter of the Year" Awardee)

A lucky fan proudly showing his autographed magazine

Facade of "The Capitale"
I made these images outside The Capitale in Manhattan's East Village earlier this evening when Filipino professional boxer, MANNY PACQUIAO arrived to attend the awards ceremony of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Mr. Pacquiao received the BWAA's Edward J. Neil "Fighter of the Year" award for 2008. The top photo was published in the June 15 issue of the Manila Bulletin.
From wikipedia:
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao (pronounced /ˈpækjaʊ/; born December 17, 1978), known as Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao is a Filipino professional boxer, part-time actor and recording artist. He is the former WBC Lightweight world champion, WBC Super Featherweight world champion, IBF Super Bantamweight world champion, and WBC Flyweight world champion. He has also held the Ring Magazine titles for Featherweight, Super Featherweight, and Light Welterweight divisions. For his achievements, he became the first Filipino and Asian boxer to win five world titles in five different weight divisions. He is currently the IBO and Ring Magazine Light Welterweight champion and is rated by the Ring Magazine as the #1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world. He is also the first boxer to win the lineal championship ("the man who beat the man") in four different weight classes.
Located at 130 Bowery, The Capitale’s 40,000 square foot space is not only impressive in size, but also in structure. Stanford White's Roman classic 1895 landmark that served as the first Bowery Savings Bank is adorned with Corinthian columns, Venetian glass, marble mosaic floors and a 65-foot high decorated coved ceiling with an art glass skylight. The Capitale is a multi-level, multi-room venue equipped to accommodate private parties from 2 to 1,300 guests. The Bowery Savings Bank exterior was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1966. Now regarded as one of the most luxurious event spaces in all of Manhattan, the Capitale features a ballroom with 75-foot ceilings supported by marble Corinthian columns as well as a 4,000-square-foot restaurant and four private tasting rooms with Internet access, Capitale is outrageously over the top, with its billowing curtains and ferns-in-urns décor.

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