PACQUIAO REFLECTS ON SPECIAL BOND WITH FREDDIE ROACH

Manny Pacquiao says he has become a better person because of his trainer Freddie Roach. File photo MANILA, Philippines – They form arguably one of the greatest boxer-trainer tandems in history. Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach have been together for about 13 years now, their remarkable relationship producing storied careers for both of them. Under Roach’s guidance, Pacquiao has won a record eight world titles in as many divisions. Pacquiao is a surefire bet to enter the boxing Hall of Fame once he decides to retire, thanks in large part to Roach. Roach, for his part, has seen his career as a trainer flourish, being named Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America for a record six times and becoming one of the most highly sought-after trainers today. In a training blog released by Top Rank to hype his rematch with Timothy Bradley on Sunday, Pacquiao delved into his relationship with Roach, which he said isn’t confined within the boxing ring. “Freddie has been a father, a brother and a best friend since the day we met. I cannot overstate his importance to me and how much he has impacted my life. I am a better person for having Freddie in my life,” said Pacquiao, who sometime in 2001 walked into Roach’s Wild Card Gym looking for a trainer to hone him as he makes a name in the US. READ MORE...

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All the hard work and workouts are about over, leaving Filipino idol Manny Pacquiao a week away from chasing his dream of redemption in Las Vegas. “I miss Las Vegas,” Pacquiao said Sunday afternoon. (Related story on A-22) On Monday, the boxing superstar takes the traditional four-hour drive to the world’s gambling capital. It’s been 16 months since he last fought in Vegas. The last time, on a cold December night in 2012, he lay on the canvas, face down and unconscious after taking a big right from Juan Manuel Marquez. “I’m excited to return to Las Vegas,” said Pacquiao. It’s fight week, and if he leaves Los Angeles as planned, as scheduled, Pacquiao should be there a little past dinner time. Pacquiao will spar a few more rounds at the Wild Card Gym at 11 a.m. He trains for two to three hours. Then he grabs a bite and drives off. But it’s hard to count on it, according to Freddie Roach, because one day Pacquiao was scheduled to train at 1 p.m. and he arrived two hours late. A busload of family members, friends and supporters will join the trip while others will go in a convoy of perhaps two dozen vehicles, most of them marked as Team Pacquiao. Bradley should be in Vegas by the time Pacquiao arrives at Mandalay Bay.


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Pacquiao reflects on special bond with Roach


OS ANGELES – Here at Manny Pacquiao’s US residence, the Filipino champ received some well-wishers. His rematch with Timothy Bradley is just a week away.

MANILA, APRIL 7, 2014,
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 By Dino Maragay - Manny Pacquiao says he has become a better person because of his trainer Freddie Roach. File photo MANILA, Philippines – They form arguably one of the greatest boxer-trainer tandems in history.

Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach have been together for about 13 years now, their remarkable relationship producing storied careers for both of them. Under Roach’s guidance, Pacquiao has won a record eight world titles in as many divisions.

Pacquiao is a surefire bet to enter the boxing Hall of Fame once he decides to retire, thanks in large part to Roach.

Roach, for his part, has seen his career as a trainer flourish, being named Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America for a record six times and becoming one of the most highly sought-after trainers today.

In a training blog released by Top Rank to hype his rematch with Timothy Bradley on Sunday, Pacquiao delved into his relationship with Roach, which he said isn’t confined within the boxing ring.

“Freddie has been a father, a brother and a best friend since the day we met. I cannot overstate his importance to me and how much he has impacted my life. I am a better person for having Freddie in my life,” said Pacquiao, who sometime in 2001 walked into Roach’s Wild Card Gym looking for a trainer to hone him as he makes a name in the US.

Roach asked Pacquiao, then a skinny super bantamweight (122 lbs.), to suit up, and the two worked the mitts for the first time. Roach was astounded by what he saw as he felt Pacquiao’s punching power and speed. The trainer believed he has found a diamond in the rough.

Pacquiao then plunged into action as a late substitute to challenge Lehlo Ledwaba for the IBF super bantamweight title in June 2001. A virtual unknown on US soil, Pacquiao knocked out Ledwaba in the sixth round to claim the title and the crowd’s admiration.

It was the first of many world titles for Pacquiao and Roach, whose bond remains solid for more than a decade now.

Pacquiao, ever the humble person and a loyal pupil, says he wouldn’t be where he is now if not for Roach, who considers Pacquiao to be his greatest work.

“We are a team. In the gym I call him ‘Master Freddie’. He is the boss and he is the teacher,” said Pacquiao, who is aiming to reclaim the WBO welterweight title he lost to Bradley two years ago.

Distance, Pacquiao added, is barely a hindrance to his friendship with Roach, who stays at his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood while his ward attends to personal matters in the Philippines whenever there’s no fight scheduled.

“And even though we do not spend as much time together as we used to, we will always have a special bond that will remain strong for the rest of our lives,” Pacquiao ended.

Manny off for Vegas rematch By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 8, 2014 - 12:00am 4 1 googleplus0 0


Pacquiao belts out one of his favorite songs, ‘Let it be,’ during a break in training. ABAC CORDERO LOS ANGELES –

All the hard work and workouts are about over, leaving Filipino idol Manny Pacquiao a week away from chasing his dream of redemption in Las Vegas.

“I miss Las Vegas,” Pacquiao said Sunday afternoon. (Related story on A-22)

On Monday, the boxing superstar takes the traditional four-hour drive to the world’s gambling capital. It’s been 16 months since he last fought in Vegas.

The last time, on a cold December night in 2012, he lay on the canvas, face down and unconscious after taking a big right from Juan Manuel Marquez.

No one will never forget that night.

Yet, on the eve of his 270-mile journey back to Las Vegas, the boxer who turned politician and Bible preacher said he’s just as excited as everyone around him.

“I’m excited to return to Las Vegas,” said Pacquiao.

It’s fight week, and if he leaves Los Angeles as planned, as scheduled, Pacquiao should be there a little past dinner time.

Pacquiao will spar a few more rounds at the Wild Card Gym at 11 a.m. He trains for two to three hours. Then he grabs a bite and drives off.

But it’s hard to count on it, according to Freddie Roach, because one day Pacquiao was scheduled to train at 1 p.m. and he arrived two hours late.

A busload of family members, friends and supporters will join the trip while others will go in a convoy of perhaps two dozen vehicles, most of them marked as Team Pacquiao.

Bradley should be in Vegas by the time Pacquiao arrives at Mandalay Bay.

On Tuesday noon, the two fighters will be formally welcomed at the MGM Grand by the fans and the media. Bradley comes in first, then Pacquiao.

The final press conference takes place Wednesday and on Friday the official weigh-in. The fight is set Saturday evening (Sunday noon in Manila).

As he spent his last day of rest in Los Angeles, Pacquiao again entertained close to a hundred guests at his Larchmont Park residence.

Pacquiao led a church service at his home. By late afternoon he was belting out his favorite songs and some of the visitors sang with him.

The mini-darts tournament went on at the garage.

The winners of the weight-loss challenge, this time restricted to women, were also announced. Pacquiao, through a microphone, made the announcement.

“We have two winners,” he said, and later on they were identified as Marites Diamond and a certain Angelica.

There were 32 participants and they were given two weeks to lose eight percent of their total body weight. The winners both lost 13 percent of their weight. Marites shed off 21.2 pounds in two weeks.

For their feat, the two women took home $8,000 each. The rest of the participants who passed the test got $3,000 each.

Marites, the co-winner, said she didn’t find the need to starve herself. All she did was exercise a lot and eat less.

“I went on a protein diet. I exercise regularly but to lose weight like this, never before,” said the Filipina accountant based in San Francisco.

After the winners were announced, she was seen standing before the buffet table, filling her plate up.

“I’m so hungry,” she said.


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