Next Saturday's Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout has had a Beltway flavor to it -- from the public relations end.
As Washington Times columnist Thom Loverro points out, both boxers's public relations arms are headed by two people who got their start working with boxing in the Washington, DC area.
Kelly Swanson (Top), who heads DC's Swanson Communications, has worked with Mayweather for 10 years while Fred Sternburg, who is originally from Bethesda, MD, is the PR man for Pacquiao. Both worked together during the heavyweight title reigns of Riddick Bowe.
Here is the great column. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/23/former-local-pr-gurus-in-mayweather-pacquiao-corne/?page=all#pagebreak
I have been very fortunate to have worked with both Swanson and Sternburg especially at the beginning of my boxing career and you couldn't find two more professional people in this business.
Both have been very helpful to me over the years. I got to know Kelly first through her work with former Beltway Boxer Jermaine Fields and I met Fred through his work with the famed Hard Corps boxing crew that featured Derrell Coley, Reggie Green, Gerry Payne and Reuben Bell.