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PACQUIAO AND HIS CAMP BANNED AT UPSCALE LA MALL: IT'S A SHAME


MARCH 22 -Manny Pacquiao
The camp of Manny Pacquiao said it is “a shame” that an upscale mall in Los Angeles banned the boxer for his recent comments on same-sex relations. Balitangamerica.tv carried the statement of Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz saying that while it is The Grove’s prerogative to ban Pacquiao, they are saddened by the decision. “It is America and the owner of the Grove is entitled to make that decision to ban Manny Pacquiao. However, it is a shame that he is punishing someone for expressing his religious beliefs,” Koncz’s statement read. It was reported last week that Pacquiao has found the doors of The Grove, a high-end shopping center, slammed before him when he took his entourage to a movie date. This after Grove owner Rick Caruso tagged Pacquiao’s highly controversial anti-gay comments last month to be “statements of hatred.” “These are statements of hatred,” Caruso told TMZ. “A lot of people from the gay community come to The Grove and they have a right not to feel uncomfortable. Manny Pacquiao is no longer welcome.”  The same mall actually banned Pacquiao in 2012 for similar comments on gay people, but it was eventually found that he was misquoted. – Dino Maragay, with previous report from Abac Cordero FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Going over 100 rounds, Pacquiao nears end of sparring


MARCH 25 -Manny Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles on Thursday (Friday Manila time) | Abac Cordero
HOLLYWOOD – One of Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partners, Timothy Bradley fight-alike Lydell Rhodes, headed to the changing room of the Wild Card Gym with a blood-stained towel Thursday afternoon.
The 28-year-old American came out smiling after another hard day at the gym. “It was good. It was intense. He (Pacquiao) brought it in today,” said Rhodes, who earlier flaunted his body which he said would make him a good “strip dancer.” Rhodes sparred five rounds with Pacquiao, who did seven more with Congolese-Canadian Ghislain Maduma in what was the longest day at the gym for the Filipino congressman. Chief trainer Freddie Roach said Pacquiao would start tapering off as far as the number of sparring rounds are concerned heading to the April 9 fight with Bradley. It was Good Friday back in the Philippines, and Pacquiao slugged it out at the gym here. On Saturday, Pacquiao will do eight rounds, and then six, four and four next week until he moves to Las Vegas on Monday. He can do a couple more rounds before leaving Los Angeles. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao to quickly return to campaign trail after Bradley fight


MARCH 27 -Sarangani Rep Manny Pacquiao (MB File)
World eight-division boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao will quickly return to the campaign trail whether or not he will win a rubber match against American pride Timothy Bradley on April 10. Pacquiao, a senatorial candidate, is eagerly awaiting his return to the campaign, saying that he will be back immediately after the fight even if it would mean shorter period of rest and recovery from the anticipated grueling ring assignment. Joseph Sta. Teresa, head of Pacquiao’s campaign headquarters in the Visayas, said the Filipino boxing icon assured the campaign staff that he will be back soon to personally push for his candidacy as senator. Pacquiao is running as senatorial candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance. The Saranggani lawmaker took time off from his hectic training schedule to call his campaign headquarters and assure his staff that he will concentrate on his campaign immediately after the Las Vegas match with Bradley. “Wherever we go – in Cebu, Bohol, Negros, Leyte, etc. – people are asking where is Manny Pacquiao. We just told them that he’s still in the training camp for his scheduled rubber match on April 10 (Philippine time) with Timothy Bradley,” said Sta. Teresa, who heads the Pacquiaocampaign camp in the Visayas. Despite the disappointment, people still pledge to back the Saranggani lawmaker’s Senate bid. READ MORE...

ALSO LOOK - Pacquiao’s actual mouthguard for Bradley fight


MARCH 21 -The mouthguard that Manny Pacquiao will use in his fight with Timothy Bradley next month.
| Photo from Dr. Ed dela Vega/PhilBoxing.com Forget about the UNA logo-adorned mouthguard earlier thought to be worn by Manny Pacquiao in his fight with Timothy Bradley next month. Los Angeles-based Filipino dentist Dr. Ed dela Vega bared the actual protective piece that Pacquiao will be using – something that features the Filipino icon’s “MP” logo instead. Dela Vega himself handed over the mouthguard to Pacquiao recently, putting to rest the issue of whether Pacquiao will actually equip the one with the UNA logo. He and Pacquiao also have a photo together to prove it. “Definitely, he [Pacquiao] will not be wearing the ‘play’ mouthguard we made a couple of days ago and whose photo we posted on the internet yesterday (last Thursday). That mouthguard had the logo of Pacquiao’s political party and it’s not allowed by the Philippine Commission of Elections to be used as it may ‘create an unfair political advertising for Pacquiao’. Pacquiao as everybody knows is running a for a seat in the Philippine Senate,” Dela Vega wrote in a PhilBoxing.com article. READ MORE...RELATED, Pacquiao explains KO drought...

ALSO: Pacquiao and sparmates duke it out in explosive sessions


MARCH 24 -Manny Pacquiao went four rounds with sparring partner Ghislain Maduma in General Santos City on Tuesday. (Maduma photo from Boxrec.com)
HOLLYWOOD – Manny Pacquiao is not letting up each time he spars at the Wild Card Gym so close to his April 9 rubber match against American Timothy Bradley. “It’s like a real fight. Parang laban,” said Pacquiao’s personal assistant David Sisson, a son of American missionaries based in General Santos City.
Pacquiao did 10 rounds of sparring against Lydell Rhodes and Ghislain Maduma last Tuesday and will be back in the ring to trade heavy blows Thursday afternoon. Sisson said Pacquiao might skip his relatively flat morning run at Pan Pacific Park and go harder in sparring this afternoon at the Wild Card Gym. “They want to go harder in sparring. He might not jog tomorrow,” said Sisson, very fluent in Filipino and the Visayan dialect. “Manny’s enjoying it. You can see him smiling but he’s going hard. He’s doing okay,” added Sisson, who’s all set to marry his Filipina girlfriend. “Ang mga sparring dito parang tunay na laban,” he added. Sparring sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are held behind closed doors upon the strict orders of chief trainer Freddie Roach. READ MORE...RELATED,Pacquiao soaring in sparring...

ALSO: [VIDEO] MANNY PACQUIAO SWARMED BY ENTOURAGE AS HE SHOOTS HOOPS AND TRAINS FOR TIMOTHY BRADLEY ...VIDEO NEWS IS FROM FIGHTHYPE.COM.


MARCH 22 -PACQUIAO AND ENTOURAGE....SCREENGRAB, WATCH PACQUIAO SHOOTING HOOPS...


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Pacquiao and his camp banned in LA mall: It's a shame


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MANILA, MARCH 28, 2016 (PHILSTAR) March 22, 2016 - The camp of Manny Pacquiao said it is “a shame” that an upscale mall mall in Los Angeles banned the boxer for his recent comments on same-sex relations.

Balitangamerica.tv carried the statement of Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz saying that while it is The Grove’s prerogative to ban Pacquiao, they are saddened by the decision.

“It is America and the owner of the Grove is entitled to make that decision to ban Manny Pacquiao. However, it is a shame that he is punishing someone for expressing his religious beliefs,” Koncz’s statement read.

It was reported last week that Pacquiao has found the doors of The Grove, a high-end shopping center, slammed before him when he took his entourage to a movie date.

This after Grove owner Rick Caruso tagged Pacquiao’s highly controversial anti-gay comments last month to be “statements of hatred.”

“These are statements of hatred,” Caruso told TMZ. “A lot of people from the gay community come to The Grove and they have a right not to feel uncomfortable. Manny Pacquiao is no longer welcome.”

The same mall actually banned Pacquiao in 2012 for similar comments on gay people, but it was eventually found that he was misquoted. – Dino Maragay, with previous report from Abac Cordero


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Going over 100 rounds, Pacquiao nears end of sparring By Abac Cordero (philstar.com) | Updated March 25, 2016 - 4:22pm 0 105 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles on Thursday (Friday Manila time) | Abac Cordero

HOLLYWOOD – One of Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partners, Timothy Bradley fight-alike Lydell Rhodes, headed to the changing room of the Wild Card Gym with a blood-stained towel Thursday afternoon.

The 28-year-old American came out smiling after another hard day at the gym.

“It was good. It was intense. He (Pacquiao) brought it in today,” said Rhodes, who earlier flaunted his body which he said would make him a good “strip dancer.”

Rhodes sparred five rounds with Pacquiao, who did seven more with Congolese-Canadian Ghislain Maduma in what was the longest day at the gym for the Filipino congressman.

Chief trainer Freddie Roach said Pacquiao would start tapering off as far as the number of sparring rounds are concerned heading to the April 9 fight with Bradley.

It was Good Friday back in the Philippines, and Pacquiao slugged it out at the gym here.

On Saturday, Pacquiao will do eight rounds, and then six, four and four next week until he moves to Las Vegas on Monday. He can do a couple more rounds before leaving Los Angeles.

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Assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez said Pacquiao had gone 100 rounds or so of sparring.

“Malapit na tayo umalis (We’re ready to go),” said Fernandez.

Roach sat alone by the edge of the ring, and watched as Pacquiao had an interesting chat with Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler, his adviser Mike Koncz and a couple others.

They were talking about the coming US elections.

“It was pretty easy,” said Roach of the 12-round sparring session witnessed by no more than a dozen guys, including American publicist Fred Sternburg.

“Not a really hard day for him. Twelve rounds was no problem. No problem. From here we go eight, six, four and four (rounds),” Roach added.

From the gym, Pacquiao headed to his favorite Thai restaurant, making short stops to mingle with his fans that had waited outside the gym for a couple of hours.

It took Pacquiao more than an hour to enjoy late lunch and entertain a few more friends inside the restaurant, before heading home just in time to catch the LA Clippers game at home.

Friday is a non-sparring day, and Pacquiao is up for another morning grind at Griffith Park.


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Pacquiao to quickly return to campaign trail after Bradley fight by Ben Rosario
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Sarangani Rep Manny Pacquiao (MB File)

World eight-division boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao will quickly return to the campaign trail whether or not he will win a rubber match against American pride Timothy Bradley on April 10.

Pacquiao, a senatorial candidate, is eagerly awaiting his return to the campaign, saying that he will be back immediately after the fight even if it would mean shorter period of rest and recovery from the anticipated grueling ring assignment.

Joseph Sta. Teresa, head of Pacquiao’s campaign headquarters in the Visayas, said the Filipino boxing icon assured the campaign staff that he will be back soon to personally push for his candidacy as senator.

Pacquiao is running as senatorial candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance.

The Saranggani lawmaker took time off from his hectic training schedule to call his campaign headquarters and assure his staff that he will concentrate on his campaign immediately after the Las Vegas match with Bradley.

“Wherever we go – in Cebu, Bohol, Negros, Leyte, etc. – people are asking where is Manny Pacquiao. We just told them that he’s still in the training camp for his scheduled rubber match on April 10 (Philippine time) with Timothy Bradley,” said Sta. Teresa, who heads the Pacquiaocampaign camp in the Visayas.

Despite the disappointment, people still pledge to back the Saranggani lawmaker’s Senate bid.

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According to Sta. Teresa since the start of the campaign period, they have not yet encountered anyone who is critical of Pacquiao’s senatorial bid.

“We have not yet experienced being rebuffed by anybody while campaigning for or distributing campaign materials of Manny Pacquiao,” Sta. Teresa stated.

However, the Pacquiao campaign officer is concerned that many people are still unaware that their idol is seeking a Senate seat.

Pacquiao has not yet showed up in any provincial sortie of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) led by UNA presidential standard bearer Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay.

However, the pride of Philippine sports was present during the launch of the UNA campaign held in Malabon last month.

From then on, he was busy preparing for his third ring encounter with Bradley, current titleholder of World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight crown, scheduled on April 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Many of those we encountered were not yet aware that Pacquiao is running for senator. But upon learning that Pacquiao is one of the senatorial candidates, they vowed to support him because they believed in his capability and sincerity to serve,” Sta. Teresa added.


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LOOK: Pacquiao’s actual mouthguard for Bradley fight By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated March 21, 2016 - 1:12pm 15 67 googleplus0 0


The mouthguard that Manny Pacquiao will use in his fight with Timothy Bradley next month.
| Photo from Dr. Ed dela Vega/PhilBoxing.com

MANILA, Philippines – Forget about the UNA logo-adorned mouthguard earlier thought to be worn by Manny Pacquiao in his fight with Timothy Bradley next month.

Los Angeles-based Filipino dentist Dr. Ed dela Vega bared the actual protective piece that Pacquiao will be using – something that features the Filipino icon’s “MP” logo instead.

Dela Vega himself handed over the mouthguard to Pacquiao recently, putting to rest the issue of whether Pacquiao will actually equip the one with the UNA logo.

He and Pacquiao also have a photo together to prove it.


Manny Pacquiao and Los Angeles-based dentist Dr. Ed dela Vega pose with the Filipino's new mouthguard. | Photo from Dr. Ed dela Vega/PhilBoxing.com

“Definitely, he [Pacquiao] will not be wearing the ‘play’ mouthguard we made a couple of days ago and whose photo we posted on the internet yesterday (last Thursday). That mouthguard had the logo of Pacquiao’s political party and it’s not allowed by the Philippine Commission of Elections to be used as it may ‘create an unfair political advertising for Pacquiao’. Pacquiao as everybody knows is running a for a seat in the Philippine Senate,” Dela Vega wrote in a PhilBoxing.com article.

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Pacquiao explains KO drought ABS-CBN News Posted at 03/22/16 11:46 PM


Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao has built his reputation of a hard punching swarmer, who has left a trail of fallen opponents on his way to boxing stardom.

But it has been a while since we saw the Filipino champion knock out his foe. The last time he did that was when he stopped a “bigger” Miguel Cotto at a 145 pound catch-weight in 2009.

Pacquiao explained that since he become a welterweight it has become tougher to score knock out victories.

The Filipino boxer started out as a flyweight and climbed as high as junior middleweight before eventually settling in the 147-pound weight class.

“It is harder to knock out opponents in the 147-pound division. Because, in fact, my natural weight is 140 pounds,” the Pacman told Boxing Scene.

Pacquiao said that if he chooses to lose weight, he might still be able to make it as a lightweight. “If I demand a little more of myself - I can get down to 135 [pounds],” he said.

(READ: 'Money' Mayweather still making '7 figures monthly' post retirement)

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But Pacquiao will have one last career fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. on April 9. It will be at the welterweight class.

His trainers said Pacquiao is determined to bring back the knockout to end his career with a bang.

"I believe in Coach Freddie [Roach] when he said Manny still has the punch to knock anyone out," Pacquiao's longtime assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez told Eddie Alinea in a report for PhilBoxing.

Fernandez explained that their training program is designed to help Pacquiao regain his explosiveness that led to his knockout victories in the past.

"Plus the fact that he himself announced that this fight is gonna be his last, so gusto na rin naman niyang mag-retire gloriously," he said. "At nakita mo naman ang ensayo niya mula umpisa, bugbog talaga ng katawan.”

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Pacquiao explains why he no longer KOs his opponents date March 22nd, 2016 | Post FB Comment - 61 Comments By Chris Williams:


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Former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) finally has opened his mouth to speak about why he’s not knocked anyone out in the past seven years. Pacquiao says he’s not a natural 147lb fighter. He’s a 140 pounder fighting in the wrong division.

Pacquiao says he could fight in the 135lb division if he wanted to right now. Why he would want to fight in a division like that would be the big question. The lightweight division is barren of stars, and it would be a crazy move on Pacquiao’s part if he were to move down to that division in hopes of scoring knockouts.

Pacquiao hasn’t knocked anyone out since his 12th round stoppage win over Miguel Cotto in 2009. Fans have wondered for a long time why Pacquiao’s knockouts dried up overnight starting in 2010. Before 2010, Pacquiao was knocking everyone out, but after his fight against Cotto, the knockouts have completely disappeared for the Filipino fighter.

What’s interesting is that Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has continued to make knockout predictions for him through the years with each and every fight, and Pacquiao fails to make those predictions accurate. it now has become something of a joke with Roach making his usual knockout prediction and Pacquiao coming up short of the mark.

“It is harder to knock out opponents in the 147-pound division. Because, in fact, my natural weight is 140-pounds and if I demand a little more of myself, I can get down to 135,” Pacquiao said to ESPN Deportes.

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The time for Pacquiao to have moved back down to 135 is long since passed. Pacquiao had his chance to move back down to 135lbs after his win over Oscar De La Hoya in 2008. But instead of moving back down to lightweight, Pacquiao chose to move up to welterweight, where he has enjoyed large paydays ever since fighting the likes of Tim Bradley, Brandon Rios, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Chris Algieri.

If Pacquiao was willing to take a pay cut in order to continue racking up knockouts, then he should have moved back down to 135. He chose not to do that, so the tradeoff is he’s not been able to knock the bigger guys out.

Pacquiao needs a knockout more than ever in his next fight on April 9 against former two division world champion Tim Bradley. If Pacquiao is unable to get a knockout in this fight, he could wind up having a very difficult time trying to win. Bradley, 32, seems to have Pacquiao’s number after two fights, and he’s already talking about having a game plan that he feels will be effective in beating the 37-year-old Pacquiao.

While it wasn’t a big deal if Pacquiao occasionally lost a fight in the past due to him able to bounce back from his losses. It’s very important now that Pacquiao win his next fight against Bradley, because there’s too much at stake for Pacquiao if he loses.

Pacquiao is running for the senate seat in the May elections in the Philippines, and a loss to Bradley may be enough for the fans to forget about Pacquiao completely. He’s already got a strike against him with some of the fan due to his recent comments inflammatory comments. Pacquiao has tried to smooth things over since then, but it’s unclear if it’s worked.

If Pacquiao gets beaten by Bradley, it could be bad for him in the election. That’s why it’s important for Pacquiao to take matters into his own hands by looking to KO Bradley to make sure that there’s no chance of controversy in this fight.

Pacquiao is going to have problems in this fight against Bradley because he’s going to be looking to box his head off. Bradley knows what to do in this fight to beat the aging Pacquiao, so you can expect Bradley to do just that when he gets inside the ring on April 9.


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Pacquiao, sparmates duke it out in explosive sessions By Abac Cordero (philstar.com) | Updated March 24, 2016 - 4:33pm 2 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao went four rounds with sparring partner Ghislain Maduma in General Santos City on Tuesday. (Maduma photo from Boxrec.com)

HOLLYWOOD – Manny Pacquiao is not letting up each time he spars at the Wild Card Gym so close to his April 9 rubber match against American Timothy Bradley.

“It’s like a real fight. Parang laban,” said Pacquiao’s personal assistant David Sisson, a son of American missionaries based in General Santos City.

Pacquiao did 10 rounds of sparring against Lydell Rhodes and Ghislain Maduma last Tuesday and will be back in the ring to trade heavy blows Thursday afternoon.

Sisson said Pacquiao might skip his relatively flat morning run at Pan Pacific Park and go harder in sparring this afternoon at the Wild Card Gym.

“They want to go harder in sparring. He might not jog tomorrow,” said Sisson, very fluent in Filipino and the Visayan dialect.

“Manny’s enjoying it. You can see him smiling but he’s going hard. He’s doing okay,” added Sisson, who’s all set to marry his Filipina girlfriend.

“Ang mga sparring dito parang tunay na laban,” he added.

Sparring sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are held behind closed doors upon the strict orders of chief trainer Freddie Roach.

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On non-sparring days, Pacquiao takes the long difficult trek up Griffith Park all the way up the famous Hollywood Sign. On sparring days, road work at Pan Pacific is much lighter.

Pacquiao came a little than usual for his gym session Wednesday because he had a good sleep after a heavy road work in the morning.

He was out at Griffith Park at around 7 a.m. and was back home around 10 a.m.

Pacquiao was excited to see his entire family, who came earlier than usual to be with him as he trains for what could be his farewell fight.

His wife, Jinkee, arrived with their five kids three days ago, joined by more than a dozen relatives and friends. Wednesday evening, Pacaquiao’s father, Rosalio, and younger brother, Rogelio, flew.

“Manny was happy to see all of them,” said Sisson, adding that Mommy Dionisia, the famous mother, has yet to book her flight to L.A.


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Pacquiao soaring in sparring By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 24, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao Nearing top condition vs Bradley

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao sparred 10 rounds Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles and is slowly getting into the form that’s needed for him to score an impressive win over Timothy Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas.

Mike Koncz, his ring adviser, said Pacquiao looked very impressive while sparring at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, just a little over two weeks to the fight.

“Manny soared during sparring. He sparred ten rounds,” Koncz told The STAR yesterday.

Pacquiao is in the thick of his preparations for what’s been billed and advertised as the farewell fight for the Filipino superstar.

The 37-year-old boxer is running for senator in the May 9 Philippine elections. He’s confident of a victory regardless of what the latest survey says.

From a high of eighth a couple of months back, Pacquiao is now in a low of 14th in the placings. Only 12 senatorial slots will be filled this year.

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His supporters say Pacquiao will hit the campaign trail 24/7 after the fight, and they expect his standing to go nowhere but up.

Pacquiao has been training in the US for over 10 days, and was glad to be joined by his wife Jinkee and their youngest child in Los Angeles.

Koncz did not talk politics and chose to stick to the fight. He said he expects a better fight between Pacquiao and Bradley than the first two in 2012 and 2014.

“I’m just hoping for a much better fight,” said Koncz

“Again, Manny wants to prove to the world that his shoulder is healed and he wants to be impressive. He’s hungry for an impressive win. He wants to go out in glory,” he added.

An impressive win should help Pacquiao in many ways.

Koncz, like the many people around Pacquiao, wants a knockout.

“We’re not looking for a decision. We want a spectacular win for Manny,” he said.


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[VIDEO] MANNY PACQUIAO SWARMED BY ENTOURAGE AS HE SHOOTS HOOPS AND TRAINS FOR TIMOTHY BRADLEY By Luis Sandoval | March 22, 2016

FightHype.com was on hand in Los Angeles, California where 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao was swarmed by his entourage as he got in some early morning training for his upcoming April 9 rubber match with Timothy Bradley.

Check out the scene as Pacquiao shoots some hoops and embarks on his run.

 


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