PACQUIAO GAVE NO ASSURANCE OF K.O. WIN
By Tonton Alcos-Antogop
Sun, 09 Mar 2014
GENERAL SANTOS CITY- Once again, Manny Pacquiao is offering his April 12 bout against Timothy Bradley to all Filipinos.
But do not be surprise if there will be no knock-out victory because the God fearing in him has again set into motion barely more than a month before the fight in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
“Gawin lamang natin ang lahat ng makaya natin, yung trabaho natin as a boxer sa training ginagawa natin. Sa gabi ng laban kung ano man ang mangyari nasa kamay na nang Panginoon, (I will just do all the best I can, my profession as boxer, I am doing it in training. On fight night whatever happens it is all up to God Almighty), “ he told scribes here inside his Pacman Wildcard gym that included MetroCebu News hours before he left for Manila in route to his Los Angeles flight last Saturday evening.
DEDICATED TO ALL FILIPINOS
He did not say whether a knock-out would indeed happen but he assured his countrymen that the fight is for them, not only for his self, his family but for all Filipinos.
“Ang tagumpay natin ay hindi lang tagumpay ng pamilya ko, tagumpay natin lahat ito. Lahat ng laban ko ay alay ko sa buong sambayanang Pilipino, (My victory is not only the victory for my family, it will be a victory for all of us. All my fights are dedicated to the entire Filipino nation).”
SEE A NEW MANNY PACQUIAO
Coach Cecilio Flores, one of his strength and conditioning coach that will work with Justin Fortune in the Los Angeles Wildcard gym of Coach Freddie Roach assured however that a reinvigorated Pacquiao will emerge on fight night.
“You will see a new Manny Pacquiao, he is one of the most hard working athletes that I worked with. That is the reason why he is the best in the world,” Flores told MetroCebu News in an exclusive interview.
Flores said that along with Fortune, they prepared a customized training regimen for their prized fighter, who is also a Filipino lawmaker representing the lone province of Sarangani in the House of Representatives.
“Every athlete is different. We want to customize for Manny,” Flores said who in the past has been hired by Argentinian’s WBC Middleweight Sergio Martinez and WBO Welterweight Marcos Maidana, former WBC champion Kelly Pavlik of America and even the fallen Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios, whom Pacquiao has soundly defeated in their November bout last year in Macau.
Flores during the Rios fight was not already in the corner of the Mexican-American boxer since Alex Ariza then the former conditioning coach of Pacquiao transferred to the Rios camp after his falling out with Roach.
ORGANIC DIET BUT NO PLYOMETRICS
According to Flores, Ariza was so particular with the so-called plyometrics, a training regimen composed of jumping exercises with the goal of increasing speed and power of an athlete but Flores said it would be different this time as they are seeing to it that Pacquiao would not over-train and thus would appear sluggish at fight night.
Pacquiao himself has complained that when Ariza worked with him, he has encountered muscle stiffening (cramps), which did not anymore occur during his fight with Rios at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao.
Aside from the new training regimen, Flores who is also a nutritionist has also implemented an all organic diet for the fighting Sarangani congressman, where Pacquiao will just eat vegetables, fish, fruits and other natural foods which are chemical free.
NO HIGH-ALTITUDE TRAINING
For his part, Roach said that among the training regimen which they did not implement is the high-altitude training, stressing that the fight venue in Las Vegas, Nevada like their final training site, his gym in Los Angeles are relatively low-altitude areas.
“It’s ridiculous unless you fight in a high altitude, sea level in L.A., in Las Vegas it's about fifteen hundred feet, no sense of training in high altitude,” Roach told MCN.
The final four weeks of training would involve fighting with known sparring mates which included Kendall Holt and Steve Forbes. Of the two, Holt, an American former WBO light-welterweight champion has the distinction of knocking down Bradley in their fight in 2009, in the 1st and 12th round, but lost in the final scorecards via a unanimous decision because most of the rounds were dominated by Bradley.
ROACH SARCASTIC ON MARQUEZ
Meanwhile, Roach sounded sarcastic about the announcement of Juan Manuel Marquez of willingness to fight Pacquiao on fifth time.
Quoting sources from Top Rank Promotions which is promoting Pacquiao, Marquez said he is willing to fight whoever will win between the fighting Filipino lawmaker and Bradley, who incidentally, however, has already won against Marquez last October 2013 at the Thomas and Mack Center also in Las Vegas.
Marquez in December 2012 has knocked out Pacquiao in the 6th round of their fight also at the MGM Grand Garden Arena but the Filipino boxing icon has bounced back convincingly by dominating Rios last November 23, 2013 in Kotai Arena in Macau.
"I am not thinking about him (Marquez) right now, who cares? All I care about right now is Bradley,” Roach sarcastic remark went when asked by MCN bout the willingness of Marquez to fight Pacquiao, their fifth if ever, Pacquiao scoring two victories, drew once, and Marquez winning by K.O. the last time.
Marquez is already 40 years old assuming the fifth encounter happens while Pacquiao is younger at 35.
Photo: Pacquiao talks to his two daughters in General Santos before leaving for Los Angeles Saturday. Photo by Jun Aquino.
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