Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Updates on Pacquiao’s Baguio Training Camp

BAGUIO CITY – Seven Division world champion Manny Pacquiao created a stir here yesterday when he failed to answer the gun in his routine early morning roadwork giving trainer Freddie Roach some anxious moments. 


Roach, afraid that the Pacman’s swollen right heels had worsen after playing basketball for two hours the night before had, in fact, cancelled, too, the scheduled sparring sessions that was supposed to shift his training program to boxing proper. 
His fear, however, only lasted up to the time the 31-year-old Sarangani Congressman climbed the ring to do the mitts with him which his ward did with gusto as he even asked for more after 12 rounds. 

Without his body protector, which he had done away following the blistering 12-round work, Roach obliged to Pacquiao giving one more round to the delight of a handful of people admitted to watch the workout at the Coyesan gym along Naguilian road outside of the city proper. 

“I was really worried learning he skipped scheduled morning run, “Pacquiao’s handler of nine years told the Manila Standard. “As I told you before we left Manila, we were ahead of schedule so I don’t mind postponing the start of the sparring.” 
Pacquiao’s sparring with junior welterweight Glen Tapia of Dominican Republic and super-welterweight Michael Medina had been scheduled as early as Saturday after the reigning welterweight champ completed his first week of his build up program at the Elorde Gym in Quezon City. 

“You saw how he conducted today’s workout showing me and the rest of us how good he is. I think he just proved there’s nothing to worry about his injury, “ the 54-year-old four-time ‘trainer of the year’ awardee said, assuring though that the called off sparring will definitely get started tomorrow. 

“Yes, it’s 100 percent Thursday,” he assured. “He’s fine and today’s results further confirmed that,” Roach added. 
As the case of Pacquiao’s regular basketball games held every night following his training session, the owner of the popular Wild Card Gym in the entertainment c Hollywood in Los Angeles said he can only do so until the last month of preparations. 

“Our deal like last year (against Miguel Cotto) is no more basketball in the last four weeks of training and he knows that,” Roach said. 
Incidentally, Pacquiao got his heel injury while doing the roadwork around the Sta. Rosa, Laguna subdivision where he lives on the day he started his eight-week training regimen. 


credits: philboxing.com

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