Pacman back in US and ready for Cotto

‘Baguio did Pacquiao well’

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MANILA – “People’s Champ” Manny Pacquiao is back in familiar training ground at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, California, 5 weeks after shaping up in the Philippines for his November 14 fight against Miguel Cotto.

For several foreign members of Team Pacquiao, the Filipino boxing superstar’s training in Baguio City was beneficial.

“We’re all pleased. I think the fact that we trained in the Philippines, especially in Baguio where we were able to control the crowd,” Canadian adviser Mike Koncz told

“But more importantly, I think the crowd controlled themselves. So when we asked them to step aside, they did,” he added.

The world’s best pound-for-pound fighter trained for 4 weeks in Baguio City and for several days in Manila.

“Manny was relaxed, and you know when a person does some heavy work, when they’re training for a match or any other type of work, if you’re mentally relaxed you’re gonna put more effort into it,” Koncz went on.

He stated that Pacquiao was much more relaxed training in the Philippines than in a foreign land.

“In the 5 years that I’ve been with Manny, I’ve never seen him put this type of effort into a fight. He always works hard. But it seems to me like it wasn’t work [it was] more like play for him,” noted Koncz.

He added that he would not be surprised if Pacquiao again chooses to train in the Philippines for his next fight.

American trainer Freddie Roach, meantime, said if Pacquiao decides to train in Baguio again, he would be up for it.

“Baguio is very good. The weather is cold and very pleasant. It’s an ideal place for altitude training needed by any fighter to prepare for a bout,” Roach told

However, he did not say the same about Manila, where his ward trained for almost a week.

“There’s just too much going on in Manila, but we were forced to be here because of the typhoons,” stated Roach.

Pacquiao is slated to train for 2 weeks at Roach’s Wild Card before going to Las Vegas 1 week before the fight to continue training and do promotional activities. – With a report from Eddie G. Alinea and Dennis Principe,

SOURCE: ABS-CBN News Online, %E2%80%98baguio-did-pacquiao-well%E2%80%99


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