(STAR) By Abac Cordero (Photo is loading... Manny Pacquiao (right) lands a light hook to Freddie Roach in training. ABAC CORDERO]

HOLLYWOOD – Freddie Roach played a little rough and dirty as he worked the mitts with Manny Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym.

He pushed Pacquiao around the ring, hit him when he least expected.

Perhaps he wanted Pacquiao to get a feel of what could happen or what’s going to happen at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 7.

“He can get dirty. He can get rough,” Roach said during a lull in the 12-round mitts session, before a restricted audience Wednesday.

Roach was, of course, referring to Shane Mosley, who will try to take everything away from Pacquiao, by hook or by crook, on fight night.

Roach said he’s hoping for the best and at the same time expecting the worst.

Roach said Mosley, who can try and spit his mouthpiece out when he gets into trouble, can get dirty if he wants to.

He just doesn’t want Pacquiao to be taken by surprise.

“He can get dirty. That’s the only way he can win this fight,” Roach told Pacquiao, in a tone only those around the ring or those paying attention could hear.

But he said nothing can stop Pacquiao from winning the fight, stretch his winning streak to 14 matches and keep his WBO welterweight crown.

A victory will also help Pacquiao keep his reputation as the best fighter in the planet today.

“We’re 100 percent ready for the fight. If Mosley brings his best we’re ready for his best. I don’t think there is any room for an upset,” said Roach.

“But in boxing you never know,” added Roach in a tele-conference held earlier in the day.

Pacquiao is not leaving any stone unturned in this camp.

“No way,” he said as he shadow-boxed and faced Pinoy scribes in one corner of the ring.

Pacquiao said he has worked on this camp harder than before, and the other day he ran non-stop for a little over an hour, all the way up to the famous Hollywood Sign.

Roach is just hoping that Pacquiao won’t allow himself to get hit the way he got hit in his previous fights.

“The thing is I don’t think he gets hit on purpose – I don’t know anyone who gets hit on purpose. When you like to exchange and you like to throw punches you put yourself in harm’s way.

That’s why Manny is the most exciting fighter in the world. I can’t take that away from him. He’s always liked to throw combinations and when you let your hands go you leave yourself open,” he said.

Roach, as usual, squeezed the best from Pacquiao during the two-hour session, and sounded like Pacquiao is ready to get it on.

“We’re 100 percent ready on our end. We’ve done everything we can to get ready for the fight,” he said.

Late in the mitts session, Roach had a tiny video camera strapped to his head, for the filming crew of Showtime’s Fight Camp 360.

He looked like a miner working the tunnel.

When he called an end to the workout, Pacquiao asked for more, and didn’t get any.

“We have a fight coming up,” said Roach.

Pacquiao stepped out of the ring, and worked on the heavy bag. Again, he didn’t get any, then worked on the double-end bag, the speed ball and his abdominal exercises.

Then the day was done, and it was time for him to face his fans who’d patiently waited downstairs.

For the fans, it was best time of the day. It was Pacquiao time.


Pacquiao’s cutman sees exciting fight By NICK GIONGCO April 27, 2011, 4:46pm Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao

LOS ANGELES — In his sixth tour of duty as Manny Pacquiao’s cutman, Argentinean Miguel Diaz has the May 7 welterweight title fight between his famous Filipino client and Shane Mosley all figured out.

“It’ll be a very interesting fight because for the first time Pacquiao will be facing an African-American boxer in the caliber of Mosley,” said Diaz on Tuesday afternoon as boxing people whiled away time chatting at the parking lot of the Wild Card Boxing Club waiting for the arrival of Pacquiao.

Diaz said Pacquiao has gotten used to beating up all types of fighters, mainly the Mexican brawlers and next month’s match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is something to look forward to.

Diaz said Pacquiao’s speed, power and stamina will be too much for the 39-year-old Mosley to overcome and that he sees the end for the American “late in the fight, sometime after the fifth or sixth rounds.”

“I don’t see it ending early,” was the 73-year-old Diaz’s reply when asked if there’s a strong possibility that Pacquiao will have an easy outing.

Diaz was called in to serve as Pacquiao’s cutman leading up to the Oscar De La Hoya fight in Dec. 2008 after the exodus of Joe Chavez to Golden Boy.

Since then Diaz has been a familiar fixture in Pacquiao’s corner, working under the shadows of Roach.

With a deep boxing background, Diaz still remains wary of Mosley’s experience, skill and renowned durability and is not easily swayed by Mosley’s advanced age.

“I don’t count years,” said Diaz philosopically. “I count fights and Mosley’s not been in a bruising fight lately.”

With Mosley’s experience and track record, Diaz said he will “make Pacquiao think twice before attempting to do something.”

And that’s why the fight is going to be fascinating.

Charice to sing anthem

Charice Pempengco of the US television show “Glee” says she has been chosen to sing the Philippine national anthem ahead of Manny Pacquiao's fight against Shane Mosley in Las Vegas next month.

The Philippine-born singer, who is known best by the single name, Charice, says she's thrilled that Pacquiao chose her to sing at the opening ceremony for the May 7 bout at the MGM Grand Garden.

The teenager tweeted Tuesday that she feels “really blessed” for the opportunity. Pacquiao traditionally hand-picks the singer of the national anthem at his bouts.

After Mosley, Arum to consider Marquez By NICK GIONGCO April 26, 2011, 7:25pm BULLETIN

LOS ANGELES — Plans are afoot for Manny Pacquiao to close out the year in a blaze of glory.

Talks are already rife about Pacquiao’s next fight penciled for November possibly against Mexico’s master counter-puncher, Juan Manuel Marquez, in case Floyd Mayweather finally wakes up one day realizing that it’s about time to face the Filipino sporting icon.

But assuming Mayweather remains deaf and callous to the public clamor, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has already somebody in mind to close out 2011 with a bang.

Still, even if a script is already made for the next move, an unforeseen circumstance lurks behind, something that should put everything upside.

A hundred miles away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Shane Mosley is plotting the destruction of boxing’s premier attraction when they finally come face-to-face and mano-a-mano on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Holed out in Big Bear, nestled in the San Bernardino mountains that is almost 8,000 feet above sea level, Mosley has been training since early-March as though he would be up not only against Pacquiao but against the gazillions of Pacquiao fans.

“You just have to keep going, and going and going (in training),” said Mosley from his high-altitude training camp, his voice oozing with heightened optimism.

Even Arum sounds a bit concerned of what a cagey veteran like Mosley can bring to the ring.

“Shane can take a good shot and he is so resilient,” said Arum.

Obviously, Pacquiao realized very early that despite the lackluster ending of Mosley’s last two fights, taking him for granted is tantamount to giving the other guy an advantage.

Mike Koncz, who is attending to Pacquiao’s daily needs outside training, said “Manny knows what he is up to.”

“This is the reason why we started training one week ahead of our original schedule and we decided to come over here to LA more than a month before the fight,” said Koncz.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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