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16 Dec 2013 | Intro Music

About Us

Our Vision:

Pretty Girl Productions LLC operates on two fundamental principles:

ONE the fight itself is the culmination of a series of promotional opportunities that are equally as important in order to maximize exposure and earnings.

TWO the only difference between a word-wide televised match in Las Vegas and a local community match up are the number of seats that can be sold.  Thus, no matter the athlete, or the venue, Pretty Girl Productions will all devote the same amount of effort, passion and pride to ensure a victory inside and outside of the ring.

MERCEDES VAZQUEZ SIMMONS, PRESIDENT

Mercedes is the first licensed Latino female boxing promoter in the state of New York. In 2014, Mercedes was named WOMEN OF THE YEAR by the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame.   Born to Puerto Rican parents, Mercedes’ passion for the sport stemmed from what she describes as a cultural event.  Boxing is very much part of the Puerto Rican culture and it is a family event.  She and her family cheered for many boxers including Hector “ Macho” Camacho and Robert Duran. Her brothers often imitated Muhammad Ali.  Ms. Vazquez Simmons’ passion for the sport drove her to develop Pretty Girl Promotions with the hope of revitalizing boxing in Western, New York.  She wants to prove that boxing is very much alive and is enjoyed by a diverse group of fans.  Mercedes has a bachelors of science, degree in Economics and masters in Business Administration.

CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, Esq.

Retired New York State Assistant Attorney General

Carlos Rodriguez is originally from the Bronx , New York but now considers Rochester his home. He is a diehard New York Yankee baseball fan and in his teen and college years practically lived at Yankee Stadium during the baseball season. In May,2009, Carlos retired as an Assistant Attorney General [ “ AAG “ ] with the New York State Attorney Generals Office. He served as an AAG for 28 years under the tenure of five[5] Attorney Generals. Retirement did not stop Carlos from continuing his consumer advocacy to the community. Immediately after retirement, Carlos co-hosted a weekly consumer-talk radio show on a local FM Radio station and served as an Adjunct Faculty Professor at Monroe Community College and Finger Lakes Community College. He also serves on the NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department – Attorney for the Child Panel in Livingston, Monroe and Ontario County Supreme and Family Courts.

Carlos graduated in 1973 from Manhattan College in the Bronx with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Economics. He graduated in 1976 from the University of Buffalo School of Law and was admitted in September 1977 to practice law in the New York State, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department. He also formerly worked for both the Legal Aid Society of Rochester and the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office; and from 1981 to May,2009, served as a Federal, State and Consumer Frauds litigator with the NYS Attorney General’s Office. He is also admitted to practice in the US District and Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York and is a certified trial and consumer frauds attorney.

During the majority of his tenure as an AAG, Carlos was assigned to the Public Advocacy/Consumer Frauds Bureau. His main role was to protect consumers and to seek injunctive relief against individuals and businesses who engaged in fraudulent, criminal, deceptive or illegal practices in the conduct of business. Carlos prosecuted many civil/criminal cases involving fraudulent home contractors, charity fraud, unauthorized practice of law, immigration fraud, automobile fraud, predatory lending and other cases involving fraudulent and illegal business practices and scams affecting elderly consumers.

Carlos served his entire legal career ( 30 + years) in public interest/government service and continues to serve the public in retirement.

MARCO ARGUIZONI

Marco ” Ito” Arguizoni, originally from Rochester,  is a professional musician ,  musical Director and promoter based out of New York City . Marco is a graduate of School of Performing Arts.   Marco has traveled all over the world and played percussion for some of the biggest names in Latin music such as Victor Manuel, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tito Nieves , Ray Sepulveda, and many more Latin artists.

He is currently the musical director for N’Klave, Johnny Rivera and Our Latin Thing.

He also manages entertainment contracts for major festivals throughout the US and is a featured artist for Pearl Drums.

 

TIM DARLING – VP  of  Operations

Tim Darling is a native Rochesterian  , and president of  a marketing and sales company.  Tim oversees  facilities, security, vendor and employee relations. In addition to being the backbone of Pretty Girl Promotions,  Tim is active in his community and  currently sits on a not for profit board.

 

MELISSA DARLING -VP of  Logistics

Melisa Darling is a native Rochestarian and an avid boxing fan. Melissa was an intricate part of creating and manages PGP University, an educational module focused on an athlete’s development outside the ring. The  PGP University modules are composed of social awareness, social responsibility, branding , social media, finance, health and community service. The modules have been introduced to commissions throughout the United States. In addition to logistics, Melissa oversees hospitality.

 

IMANI SANDERS- Director of Promotions

Imani oversees promotional efforts for Pretty Girl Promotions and PGP’s TKO Vixens. Imani has extensive experience in customer service, modeling and branding. Imani’s hope to launch the PGP’s TKO Vixen’s clothing line along with the 2016 TKO calendar.