IN-FORM PACMAN SPARS 12, SURPRISES OBSERVERS!
Sat, 31 Mar 2007
Showing tremendous conditioning and resolve, Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao resumed his sparring sessions yesterday, taking on three different sparmates for a total of twelve rounds as he declared himself to be raring and ready to go the full route if needed when he defends his WBC International superfeatherweight title against Mexican Jorge Solis on April 14.
This came two days after Pacquiao suffered a one-inch scratch after a sparring session, which was blamed on a thin headgear he had been using.
PACMAN GOES 12 ROUNDS
Yesterday's sessions also brought Pacquiao's total hovering around the 100-round mark in his preparation for Solis, and he should have about 120 rounds under him before he flies to Texas.
Sources at the Wild Card Gym, however, also point out that Pacquiao's mind seems to be on his political plans, which was solidified the other day when his lawyer Franklin Gacal formally filed his certificate of candidacy for Congress in General Santos City.
After the 12-round sparring session yesterday, Pacquiao even had the stamina to hit the heavy bags for three rounds, spent ten minutes hitting the double-end bag, ten minutes with the speedball, and 12 minutes skipping rope.
"Excellent talaga ang lakas at resistensya ni Manny. Kundisyon na kundisyon talaga," a source at the Wild Card said, indicating that both Justin Fortune and Buboy Fernandez seemed impressed by their ward's performance at the gym.
After the heavy workout, Pacquiao did five rounds of shadow-boxing, and topped it off with a series of abdominal exercises.
"The only thing he needs to do right now is put himself in the right frame of mind, because it seems his mind is fully occupied with politics at this time," said another source.
After the heavy sparring sessions, Pacquiao and his entourage took their late lunch at the nearby restaurant, where the Filipino boxing icon had some shrimp soup, beef brocolli, salmon, chicken chopsuey, white rice and fried chicken. He did not order any soft drink, but drank mineral water instead.
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