[PHOTO - Freddie Roach (left) and Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO]

MANILA, MARCH 25, 2012 (TIMES) Written by : JOSEF T. RAMOS CORRESPONDENT - Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao announced that his three-week training camp in Baguio City for his upcoming title defense against Timothy Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas would begin on April 16.

During an interview with reporters at the GMA 7 office over the weekend, Pacquiao said that his trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza are set to arrive in the Philippines mid-April to put him through a rigid training camp.

“In the middle of April or at least on the 16th, I’ll go to Baguio to hone my skills. But right now, I’m doing pre-conditioning workouts here in Manila to make my body ready when the training camp starts,” Pacquiao said.

After the training camp in Baguio, Pacquiao will fly to Roach’s Wildcard gym in Los Angeles, California for the final phase of his training.

The 33-year-old Pacquiao (54-3-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts) said he is not underestimating the younger and unbeaten Bradley (28-0 with 12 KOs), knowing well the junior welterweight champion has the skills and killer punches to upset him.

Ariza, Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach for his part said he has no doubt that the Filipino ring icon could whip himself into a killer shape in no time, “He (Manny) is still very enthusiastic. He wants to start training, he wants to go back to the plyometrics and strength conditioning,” Ariza told boxing website “He would go back to how he trained when he fought Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.”

The strength and conditioning guru also has a comment on Pacquiao’s renewed zeal as a Christian, “I’m also willing to go to every church and every bible study he wants me to do as long as he does what I ask him to do, training-wise,” Ariza told

Ariza aims to remedy the cramps that Pacquiao experienced during his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, “We didn’t have any problems then. If we get back to that program we are not going to have problems anymore.”


Pacquiao Worried About Being Underweight By NICK GIONGCO March 24, 2012, 10:58pm

MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao has told the Bulletin that he is a bit bothered about his weight not because he has gained excess baggage the last few months but for the reason that he is actually underweight.

Less than three months before he meets Tim Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao said that even if he is on vacation and eating what he likes without hesitation, he doesn’t add up extra weight like many active fighters do when they’re not in training.

“I can still make 135 lbs (lightweight),” said Pacquiao, who now campaigns at 147 lbs (welterweight) and whose World Boxing Organization crown will be on the line at the MGM Grand.

Of course, it would push Pacquiao to the limit to make 135 but the fact that he weighs in the low 140s during training the last three years is testament to his being a naturally small guy and not the beast that his knockout victims have portrayed him to be.

“Right now, I am about 150 lbs,” said Pacquiao, implying that as soon as he goes into training mode, his weight would drop a few pounds.

In the coming days and weeks, Pacquiao would be teaming up with conditioning coach Alex Ariza in preparing him for the start of training camp proper in Baguio City on April 16.

Pacquiao started his career at light-flyweight (108 lbs), fought a number of years at flyweight (112) where he won his first world title in 1998 and went on to capture championships at super-bantam (122), feather (126), super-feather (130), lightweight (130), junior-welter (140), welter (147) and even super-welter (154).

Pacquiao, who turns 34 in December, said he will fight two or three more times before finally calling it quits as he has been pressured heavily by his family.

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