PACQUIAO  FINE-TUNES  FOR  JULY 2  FIGHT:  9  OUT  OF  10  SO  FAR
 
MANILA, JUNE 22, 2006 (MALAYA) Jet lag still bugs Pacquiao, says Roach.

TWO days after returning home to fine-tune for his July 2 fight with Mexican Oscar Larios, Manny Pacquiao is still being bugged by jet lag but is otherwise on track, according to his trainer, Freddie Roach.

"Jet lagís still there. Mannyís still struggling. Itís more of the jet lag than anything else," said Roach, who rated Pacquiao a nine out of 10 so far. "But by Friday, I believe everything will be OK."

Pacquiao sparred for six rounds with Russian sparring partner Rustam Nugaev yesterday at the ABAP Gym of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, with Roach watching every move by the Filipino ring Icon.

"Manny looked good in some spots," Roach said, "but you know Manny, he can turn it on when he wants to."

Pacquiao started the day jogging at the Baywalk under heavy guard by police and security personnel assigned by Manila Mayor Lito Atienza. He then proceeded to the ABAP gym.

Roach said he and Pacquiao went home midnight on Tuesday after watching the premier of the movie based on the fighterís life.

"We were told we would be home by 9 p.m., but we returned to the Manila Hotel around midnight. We still had to wake up at 6 a.m.," Roach said, adding one of their priorities is for Pacquiao to get accustomed to fighting in daytime, an accommodation made for pay-per-view customers who will watch the bout in the evening in the US and in other parts of the world.

"We want to wake up early to adjust because it will be a morning fight. Like most boxers, he is used to fighting at night," Roach added.

Pacquiao tipped the scales at 131 pounds yesterday but his handlers were confident he would easily meet the 130-pound weight limit when he stakes his World Boxing Council international super featherweight crown against Larios at the Araneta Coliseum. Roach said Pacquiao left the US weighing 132 pounds.

Pacquiao would work out anew at the ABAP gym today but will move to another training site on Friday where he will continue shaping up behind closed doors, according to Roach.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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