The 2016 Olympics and Paralympics have been marred by the Zika virus, but this time around the Games’ first event is going to be a boxing match.
According to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics’ website, the opening event will be a bout between middleweight champion Manny Pacquiao and welterweight contender Manny Pacquaio, who will be facing off against each other in the semi-finals of the tournament.
The fight will take place in a ring in Rio de Janiero Stadium, which is home to the Olympic stadium.
The opening bout is expected to draw more than 12,000 people, which makes it the most-anticipated boxing match in Rio history.
According a boxing fan site, the event will take more than an hour to get under way, with the start time set for 9:30am local time on Friday.
A number of boxing experts are predicting that the fight will draw more fans than any other event of the year.
Boxing experts predict the fight could draw a crowd of 30,000 to 40,000.
“The opening fight of the 2016 Rio Olympics is going the distance with a record-breaking crowd.
It will be an event of international stature and the biggest event in Rio,” said Sergio Moraes, president of the Brazilian boxing federation.
“The venue is an iconic part of the city and the boxing crowd is the biggest in the world.
I expect this will be one of the biggest boxing events in Rio.”
The fight, which will take places on the same day as the opening of the Olympics, will be held in the shadow of the iconic Centro da Luz stadium in the heart of the Olympic Park.
According to The Associated Press, a preliminary fight will also take place between Pacquia, who is currently ranked second in the welterweights, and Pacquaie, who has a record of 34-0.
The opening of both events is expected in the late afternoon or early evening of Friday, with more fights expected to be announced after the event.