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BUSY DAY AT SENATE: PACQUIAO CONTINUES TRAINING FOR NOV 5 BOUT AFTER TENSE SENATE SESSION


SEPTEMBER 20 -After a tense day at work at the Senate on Monday, wherein he moved to declare the chairmanship of a committee vacant, boxing champ and incumbent senator Manny Pacquiao headed straight to the gym to train for his upcoming fight, a report on Unang Balita on Tuesday said. Pacquiao is preparing for his bout with WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in November. The boxing champ wasted no time on Monday and headed straight to the boxing ring after the Senate session, GMA News' Athena Imperial said. Pacquiao trained hard for two hours and showed off his strong jabs. "Meron pa tayong anim na linggo para sa preparasyon sa darating na laban so enough naman 'yung time para makuha natin 'yung 100 percent condition," Pacquiao said. The boxer's conditioning coach Justine Fortune was focused on training Pacquiao. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacman builds up power punches
[RELATED: Vargas not in same league as Pacquiao – Conditioning coach Fortune]


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BUBOY Fernandez is well over 200 pounds, but the extra weight hardly helped minimize the impact of Manny Pacquiao’s power punches when they did the mitts yesterday.
As usual, Fernandez’s palms and wrists turned red and ached owing to the speed and velocity with which the Senator Pacquiao unloaded his punches, including three solid blows to his bosom buddy’s mid-section. Fernandez, who supervises Pacquiao’s training pending the arrival of chief trainer Freddie Roach from Los Angeles next week, told 24 Oras that he doubts whether World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, Pacquiao’s opponent on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas, can withstand their force. Fernandez and fellow trainers Nony Neri and Haplas Fernandez even decided to make the punching bag more compact to suit Pacquiao’s new-found power. Pacquiao, who only did a few laps of running in the morning owing to a legislative commitment, said he’s not too concerned about Vargas’ boast of beating him. According to the eight-division world champion, Vargas’ style is not too difficult to study and counter. Team Pacquiao intends to leave for the United States after the Senate adjourns its session, starting on Oct. 22. Roy Luarca THE FULL REPORT RELATED, Vargas not in same league as Pacquiao – Fortune...

ALSO: Pacquiao refutes ‘bad blood’ with Vargas
[RELATED: Pacquiao’s foe vows knockout win]


SEPTEMBER 14 -MANILA - Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao has shrugged off reports that there was bad blood between him and WBO world welterweight champion Jessie Vargas.
These past few days, several media outlets cited how things were getting heated between the two fighters ahead of their welterweight showdown. According to Pacquiao, however, the upcoming fight was just another day at the office. "Laban lang ito, walang personalan. Trabaho lang," Pacquiao told GMA News Online. Pacquiao and Vargas are slated to clash in a twelve round world title contest on November 5 (November 6 PHL time) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. — DVM, GMA News  THE FULL REPORT RELAYED, Pacquiao’s foe vows knockout win...

ALSO: Though 'depressed' about Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Merchant thinks rematch is coming
[RELATED: Merchant defends Pacquiao’s decision to fight again]


SEPTEMBER 21 -Veteran boxing commentator Larry Merchant thinks a rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will likely happen.
Veteran boxing commentator Larry Merchant thinks Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are bound to do it again. Mayweather and Pacquiao figured in boxing’s richest fight ever, and the bout’s financial success alone is enough reason to stage a rematch. “I believe it's a possibility,” the 85-year-old Merchant recently said in a boxingscene.com report by David P. Greisman. While the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was a commercial success, it failed to live up to the hype due to lack of action. The undefeated Mayweather cruised to a unanimous decision win over Pacquiao, who was then revealed to have fought on an injured shoulder. The bout drew record pay-per-view revenue and netted both boxers career-high paydays, leading some in the boxing community to speculate that a rematch could be in the offing. Count Merchant among those who think Mayweather and Pacquiao will have another go at it. READ MORE...RELATED,
Merchant defends Pacquiao’s decision to fight again...

ALSO: Pacquiao still very fast, says sparring partner


SEPTEMBER 23 -Manny Pacquiao warms up before starting the sparring phase of his training on Thursday night. (Nick Giongco/Manila Bulletin)
Lightweight Leonardo Doronio described the punches that he took and dodged Thursday night as being fast and furious. You can’t fault Doronio for going a bit overboard as the guy throwing leather was no other than eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao, who is preparing to challenge Jessie Vargas for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Nov. 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. “Hindi ko makita ang mga suntok,” said Doronio, 27, who assumed the role of a human punching bag during a four-round sparring session at the Elorde Five-Ecom in Pasay City. As Pacquiao eagerly awaits the arrival of Freddie Roach, who is bringing along chief sparmate Jose Ramirez, the 37-year-old Pacquiao began the next phase of his reparation by having Doronio serve as a substitute. Roach and Ramirez are scheduled to plane in tomorrow morning and should be in the gym Monday. READ MORE...


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Pacquiao continues training for upcoming bout after tense Senate session

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 (GMA NEWS)  Published September 20, 2016 7:45am - After a tense day at work at the Senate on Monday, wherein he moved to declare the chairmanship of a committee vacant, boxing champ and incumbent senator Manny Pacquiao headed straight to the gym to train for his upcoming fight, a report on Unang Balita on Tuesday said.

Pacquiao is preparing for his bout with WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in November.

The boxing champ wasted no time on Monday and headed straight to the boxing ring after the Senate session, GMA News' Athena Imperial said.

Pacquiao trained hard for two hours and showed off his strong jabs.

"Meron pa tayong anim na linggo para sa preparasyon sa darating na laban so enough naman 'yung time para makuha natin 'yung 100 percent condition," Pacquiao said.

The boxer's conditioning coach Justine Fortune was focused on training Pacquiao.

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"Plyometrics have proven themselves to work time and time again for every sport... We'll just maintain his strength, ... maintain his speed," he said.

Fortune added that there was no change in Pacquiao's speed.

He admitted though that they had to adjust their training schedule so Pacquiao can perform his duties as a senator.

Pacquiao jogs in the mornings, then heads to the boxing gym right after the Senate session in the afternoons.

On Monday, Pacquiao moved to declare the chairmanship and memberships of the Senate committee on justice and human rights vacant after Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano delivered a privilege speech accusing Sen. Leila De Lima as being biased against President Rodrigo Duterte.

De Lima is the chairperson of the Senate panel, which is holding a probe on alleged extrajudicial killings and summary executions amid the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

The Senate put Pacquiao's motion to a vote, and subsequently declared De Lima's committee vacant. —KG, GMA News


INQUIRER

Pacman builds up power punches @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:51 AM September 22nd, 2016


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BUBOY Fernandez is well over 200 pounds, but the extra weight hardly helped minimize the impact of Manny Pacquiao’s power punches when they did the mitts yesterday.

As usual, Fernandez’s palms and wrists turned red and ached owing to the speed and velocity with which the Senator Pacquiao unloaded his punches, including three solid blows to his bosom buddy’s mid-section.

Fernandez, who supervises Pacquiao’s training pending the arrival of chief trainer Freddie Roach from Los Angeles next week, told 24 Oras that he doubts whether World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, Pacquiao’s opponent on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas, can withstand their force.

Fernandez and fellow trainers Nony Neri and Haplas Fernandez even decided to make the punching bag more compact to suit Pacquiao’s new-found power.

Pacquiao, who only did a few laps of running in the morning owing to a legislative commitment, said he’s not too concerned about Vargas’ boast of beating him.

According to the eight-division world champion, Vargas’ style is not too difficult to study and counter.

Team Pacquiao intends to leave for the United States after the Senate adjourns its session, starting on Oct. 22. Roy Luarca

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RELATED FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Vargas not in same league as Pacquiao – Fortune by Nick Giongco September 21, 2016 Share2 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share13


Jessie Vargas (Manila Bulletin)

Conditioning coach Justin Fortune has been dispatched by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach to check on Sen. Manny Pacquiao and the Los Angeles-based Australian wasn’t surprised with what he had seen the last two days.

“Manny’s always comes to training camp in great shape and that’s what I saw,” Fortune told the Bulletin yesterday afternoon before presiding over another workout with the Filipino legend getting ready to face Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.

Jessie Vargas (Manila Bulletin) Fortune feels that Vargas is someone not to be taken for granted being the reigning World Boxing Organization welter king.

But Pacquiao and Vargas are still not worthy of being mentioned on the same breath, said Fortune.

“There is Manny Pacquiao and there is Jessie Vargas. Pacquiao is a Triple AAA fighter, while Jessie is just an A fighter.”

“He’s not an elite fighter like Pacquiao, (Juan Manuel) Marquez and (Erik) Morales,” added Fortune, whose first stint as Pacquiao’s strength coach was from 2003 until 2007 before making a comeback a few years ago.

Roach will be coming in this Sunday with unbeaten Jose Ramirez, who will serve as sparring partner for the next four weeks.

Team Pacquiao will relocate to the US on Oct. 20 or 22 for the final phase of the buildup at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.

The last time Pacquiao fought in April, the 37-year-old eight-division titleholder mauled bitter rival Tim Bradley at the MGM Grand.

Meanwhile, Vargas, 27, told ESPN Deportes that Pacquiao doesn’t give him the creeps.

“Manny no me soprende y no me asusta (Manny does not surprise me and not scare me),” said Vargas, the heavy underdog in the scheduled 12-round battle at the Thomas and Mack Center.


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Pacquiao refutes ‘bad blood’ with Vargas Published September 14, 2016 2:52am By JM SIASAT

MANILA - Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao has shrugged off reports that there was bad blood between him and WBO world welterweight champion Jessie Vargas.

These past few days, several media outlets cited how things were getting heated between the two fighters ahead of their welterweight showdown.

According to Pacquiao, however, the upcoming fight was just another day at the office. "Laban lang ito, walang personalan. Trabaho lang," Pacquiao told GMA News Online.

Pacquiao and Vargas are slated to clash in a twelve round world title contest on November 5 (November 6 PHL time) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. — DVM, GMA News

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Pacquiao’s foe vows knockout win by Nick Giongco September 16, 2016 Share4 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share9

Senator Manny Pacquiao is being prepared to go to sleep once more by a right hand similar to what Juan Manuel Marquez unleashed four years ago.

This time, it’ll be the right hand of Jessie Vargas that the Las Vegas native has nicknamed as “The Sleeper” which will be used to send Pacquiao to dreamland again when they collide on Nov. 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

That same right rammed into the jaw of Saddam Ali when he took the vacant World Boxing Organization welterweight crown that Vargas will defend against the 37-year-old Filipino legend.

Lending a hand to Vargas’ preparation is chief trainer Dewey Cooper, a striking expert who used to fight in the UFC.

Cooper, 41, has been breathing on Vargas’ neck as they regularly go up to Mount Charleston for endurance training.

Vargas, 27, troops to the Top Rank Gym during the evening and will book 6-9 pm through fight week, according to Lee Samuels, the longtime PR chief of Top Rank.

Pacquiao is the heavy favorite but Team Vargas is extremely upbeat of its chances in spoiling Pacquiao’s ring return following the knockdown-filled victory over Tim Bradley last April at the MGM Grand.

Like Vargas, Pacquiao is likewise in the thick of things in gym sessions that usually takes place late afternoon of early evening as he has to attend Senate sessions during daytime.


PHILSTAR

Though 'depressed' about Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Merchant thinks rematch is coming (philstar.com) | Updated September 21, 2016 - 11:32am 8 561 googleplus2 0


Veteran boxing commentator Larry Merchant thinks a rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will likely happen.

MANILA, Philippines – Veteran boxing commentator Larry Merchant thinks Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are bound to do it again.

Mayweather and Pacquiao figured in boxing’s richest fight ever, and the bout’s financial success alone is enough reason to stage a rematch.

“I believe it's a possibility,” the 85-year-old Merchant recently said in a boxingscene.com report by David P. Greisman.

While the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was a commercial success, it failed to live up to the hype due to lack of action. The undefeated Mayweather cruised to a unanimous decision win over Pacquiao, who was then revealed to have fought on an injured shoulder.

The bout drew record pay-per-view revenue and netted both boxers career-high paydays, leading some in the boxing community to speculate that a rematch could be in the offing.

Count Merchant among those who think Mayweather and Pacquiao will have another go at it.

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“That fight was such an amazing event and just as amazing a bust in the ring, that you know that the businesspeople will try to bring it back, because if it does a third of the business, it will still be a big event,” he said.

The commentator, however, said he isn’t ecstatic about it.

“I'm depressed about it. Because it was the anticlimax of the century, and it's not likely to be any better,” said Merchant.

“I think people in boxing knew that Mayweather, in his calculation of risk and reward, does not tend to go toward risk, and that he was going to try to outbox Manny,” he added.

Pacquiao will challenge WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5, and has expressed desire for another crack at Mayweather.

Mayweather, for his part, has so far stayed retired. – Dino Maragay

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Merchant defends Pacquiao’s decision to fight again By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated September 23, 2016 - 10:51am 10 205 googleplus0 1


Veteran boxing analyst Larry Merchant believes Manny Pacquiao can still look good against Jessie Vargas when they fight on November 5 in Las Vegas.

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s decision to resume his boxing career is not without its supporters.

Veteran boxing commentator Larry Merchant recently defended Pacquiao’s move to “unretire” and take on Jessie Vargas on November 5, saying the Filipino icon still got what it takes to compete at the top level.

“Every fighter has to decide that (returning). Look, here I am, back in my own comeback. How can I criticize another guy's comeback?,” Merchant told boxingscene.com’s David P. Greisman, referring to his own return to boxing commentary after calling it quits as HBO’s longtime analyst.

Pacquiao has been criticized for not keeping his word when he announced his retirement after defeating Timothy Bradley in April. Some of his critics likewise pointed to the fact that Pacquiao is also now a senator, and fighting again could affect his duties as a public servant.

Pacquiao, however, assured his countrymen that his training won’t affect his Senate duties. In fact, the boxer chose to train at a gym just a stone’s throw away from the Senate office in Pasay City after sessions.

Merchant, meanwhile, argued that Pacquiao looked good against Bradley – knocking the American down twice en route to a dominant win in their last bout – that he deserves to continue fighting.

“He fought an excellent fight against Bradley in his last fight. Off of that fight, why would a guy want to retire who can still make eight figures, multiple millions of dollars?” Merchant explained.

The boxing sage said Pacquiao will likely fight on especially if he also looks great against the much younger Vargas, who at 27 years old is 10 years Pacquiao’s junior.

“And fighting a good young fighter in Vargas – if he comes out of that looking good, then he's going to have to think about fighting again,” said Merchant, adding that anything can happen in their bout at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

“I think he's going to have to be as good as he can be at this age to beat this kid. This kid's a good fighter, a good boxer. Obviously Manny is the strong favorite to beat him, but I wouldn't be surprised at anything that happens.”


MANILA BULLETIN

Pacquiao still very fast, says sparring partner by Nick Giongco September 23, 2016 Share2 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share16


Manny Pacquiao warms up before starting the sparring phase of his training on Thursday night. (Nick Giongco/Manila Bulletin)

Lightweight Leonardo Doronio described the punches that he took and dodged Thursday night as being fast and furious.

You can’t fault Doronio for going a bit overboard as the guy throwing leather was no other than eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao, who is preparing to challenge Jessie Vargas for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Nov. 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

“Hindi ko makita ang mga suntok,” said Doronio, 27, who assumed the role of a human punching bag during a four-round sparring session at the Elorde Five-Ecom in Pasay City.

As Pacquiao eagerly awaits the arrival of Freddie Roach, who is bringing along chief sparmate Jose Ramirez, the 37-year-old Pacquiao began the next phase of his reparation by having Doronio serve as a substitute.

Roach and Ramirez are scheduled to plane in tomorrow morning and should be in the gym Monday.

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After emerging from the workout, Doronio, 27, shook his head and answered a few questions from a foreign TV crew aligned with Top Rank that was allowed to film the action.

“Ang bilis pa rin nya,” said the Iloilo City-bred Doronio, looking awestruck.

“Speed, speed,” he muttered, telling the foreigners that he was dazzled by Pacquiao’s cat-quick reflexes.

Doronio has a 15-13-3 record with ten KOs and his resume includes three fights in Japan, two in Mexico and one each in Thailand and Russia.

As Pacquiao, who turns 38 on Dec. 17, did padwork with long-time trainer Buboy Fernandez, Doronio kept on looking at the proceedings, occasionally shaking his head in amazement.

“Parang hindi sya 38 years old,” he said before finally walking away to shadowbox.


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