PACQUIAO NOT TAKING SHANE LIGHTLY, STARTS ROADWORK
MANILA, MARCH 4, 2011 (BULLETIN) By NICK GIONGCO - Who says Manny Pacquiao is taking Shane Mosley lightly?
Pacquiao’s fans might be the ones belittling Mosley’s chances but the pound-for-pound king is not biting the impression that his 39-year-old opponent is going to pass out at the mere sight of him on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Reporting from General Santos City yesterday, Canadian Mike Koncz said Pacquiao kicked off his pre-conditioning with a morning roadwork “as he had promised us,” more than a full week ahead of the official start of his eight-week buildup.
Koncz said Pacquiao could be shuttling to and from General Santos in the next few days but he was given the assurance from the fighting congressman that it’s green and go for the start of training camp proper in Baguio City on March 14.
“We will be going to Baguio on the 13th (of March),” said Koncz.
As Pacquiao prepares for the tough grind, trainer Freddie Roach is also about to wrap things up at the Wild Card in Hollywood for the long trip to Manila.
Roach, super-welterweight Shawn Porter and super-lightweight David Rodela are arriving in Manila on Tuesday. Porter and Rodela will serve as Pacquiao’s sparring partners in the Philippine stage of training.
Roach said he would like to head back to the Wild Card on April 2 for the most crucial phase of the preparation with the arrival of a pair of fresh sparmates.
As Pacquiao is beginning to sweat it out, across the Pacific in California, Mosley is also doing the same thing, according to Suzanne Summerville, the fighter’s Filipino-American publicist.
“He’s in Big Bear now and I am sure he is doing exercises,” said Summerville.
Mosley has a house and a well-equipped gym in Big Bear, a high-altitude resort city that is 100 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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