Chapter 703 is titled "Waiting Room".
Meanwhile, Zoro is still chasing the thief that took his sword and Sanji catches up to him only to get distracted by a dancer named Violet who asks him to hide her from the police because she stabbed her lover who cheated on her. Sanji, being lovestruck says it is all right since he never says no to a crying woman.
Relieved, Violet asks Sanji to protect her until she gets to the next town because there is a man there she wants him to kill. Luffy and Franky reach the colosseum where upon Franky's advice Luffy enters with a fake name "Lucy" so that no one will recognize him.
In the waiting room, some of the large contestants looks at Luffy with amusement while one of them takes his appearance as an insult and proceeds to attack him, but Luffy answers back by giving him a brutal shoulder flip, breaking the floor. The other contestants are rendered speechless as Luffy greeted them.
The man tells Luffy and Franky how valuable the Mera Mera no Mi is, and Luffy declares he wishes to possess it. Franky comments that this may be a ploy by Donquixote Doflamingo, but it's not a situation they should pass. They decide to run off to enter the colosseum.
Meanwhile, Zoro is running around looking for what stole his sword. Sanji is seen running after him, but he gets distracted by a beautiful dancer. After Sanji notices Zoro ran off, she approaches him. She hugs him tightly, hiding both of them from soldiers that run past, looking for her. Violet says she stabbed a man, so she is wanted. Sanji swoons from this thought, and Violet asks him to be his bodyguard until they travel to the next city. She asks to help him kill a man.
Luffy and Franky arrive at the Corrida Colosseum, and they gaze upon it. They then see police officers chasing a One-legged Soldier, before he inserts one leg into the Colosseum. By law, the police cannot interfere if he's in there. The soldier jumps down and offers Luffy and Franky to help with their luggage.
- The phrase on the color spread, "We'll send an SOS to the world", is a reference to the song "Message in a Bottle" by the rock band The Police.
- Just as Doflamingo predicted, Luffy decides to get the Mera Mera no Mi, not wanting just anyone to eat it. He offers the fruit to Franky, but he declined, wanting to keep his ability to swim.
- Zoro separates from Sanji who meets a dancer named Violet.
- Violet is fleeing from the police after stabbing her lover and she wants Sanji's help to kill a certain man.
- According to the One-legged Soldier, only the Donquixote Family's law exists in the Corrida Colosseum. The police and the Marines are not allowed in the colosseum and they can't use their authority.
- Luffy enters the tournament under the alias "Lucy" to win the Mera Mera no Mi.
- Luffy easily defeats a contestant named Spartan.
- first introduction
- first appearance