MANILA, MAY 9, 2008
(STAR) By Abac Cordero - Manny Pacquiao said he couldn’t have asked for more when he signed the contract for his June 28 fight with David Diaz at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

“Matapos kong matanggap at mabasa ang kopya ng fight contract namin ni David Diaz, masasabi kong kuntento na ako at wala nang hihilingin pa (I’m contented with the terms and couldn’t have asked for more after going through a copy of the fight contract),” said Pacquiao.

He said everything is now set for the fight.

“Tuloy na tuloy na ang laban (The fight is on),” the boxer added.

No other details were made available to the press, although it has been reported weeks ago that Pacquiao stands to receive as much as what he got for fighting Juan Manuel Marquez last March 15.

For that fight, he reportedly received a guaranteed purse of $5.5 million plus a share of almost $2 million from the pay-per-view shares. That’s $7.5 million or roughly P307 million.

The Filipino superstar, according to his legal counsel Franklin Gacal, signed the contract earlier this week, and is now all set to train in Los Angeles. He is scheduled to leave Manila on Monday.

Pacquiao said he is contented with everything that was stipulated in the contract that was prepared by Top Rank big boss and fight promoter Bob Arum.

Gacal went to the United States two weeks ago to look over the contract. He was in constant touch with Pacquiao while he was there negotiating with Arum.

“He sounded very happy over the phone,” said Gacal who added yesterday that Pacquiao signed the contract earlier this week.

Pacquiao has been training for the past week now, and said he’d be in great condition by the time he reports to Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood next week.

Pacquiao weighed 146 lbs with clothes on last Saturday, and there shouldn’t be any problem making the lightweight limit of 135 lbs.

“I would like to get him here eight weeks before but he better be ready from the first day because we’re going to go right into it,” Roach told Steve Kim of MaxBoxing.

Roach said he wanted Pacquiao to train eight weeks in LA because Diaz, the reigning WBC champion, is a tough nut to crack.

“He has too many people in his ear telling him it’s an easy fight, which I don’t believe it is,” Roach was quoted as saying 50 days before Pacquiao makes his debut as a lightweight.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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