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WATCH: PACQUIAO NOT WASHED UP, SAYS ROACH
[RELATED: After skipping two days because of illness, Pacquiao returns to form]


OCTOBER 18 -Manny Pacquiao works the mitts with Freddie Roach in this file photo. Some may think that Manny Pacquiao has already seen better days. Freddie Roach disagrees. In a recent promotional video by Top Rank, Pacquiao’s longtime trainer insists that Pacquiao, even at 37 years old, still got what it takes to compete at the top level. “It is a bright future for Pacquiao right now,” said Roach, who has been preparing Pacquiao in the country for his November 5 tussle with Jessie Vargas  “He’s not near washed up. His work ethic is great,” added the multi-titled cornerman. READ MORE...RELATED,
After skipping two days because of illness, Pacquiao returns to form...

ALSO: By Joaquin Henson - No respect for Manny


OCTOBER 18 -JOAQUIN HENSON
For a sports journalist who once proclaimed that Manny Pacquiao “has been the most fascinating fighter I’ve covered in more than 40 years on the boxing beat and for much of his career, the one I most looked forward to covering,” former Ring Magazine editor Nigel Collins recently came out with guns blazing in chastising the Filipino for aligning himself with President Duterte. Collins was in Manila in March 2004 to award Pacquiao the Ring Magazine featherweight title belt as the “people’s world champion” for halting Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera the year before. He presented the belt to Pacquiao in the presence of President Arroyo and Manila Mayor Lito Atienza at Malacañang Palace. Collins, in an article entitled “Phenom” published in the June 16, 2016, issue of the Boxing News of London, remembered the ceremony vividly. “There was a general election coming up and after I strapped the belt around Manny’s waist and raised his left arm, he reached over, took President Arroyo’s arm and raised it,” he wrote. “We stood there, each holding one of the champ’s arms aloft as a small army of TV and print media recorded the moment for posterity. Arroyo, who was running for a second term, couldn’t have asked for a better endorsement. Pacquiao was a savvy politician years before he ran for office.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao applies brake in training


OCTOBER 20 -Having reached the apex of his training, Manny Pacquiao started to apply the brakes in sparring last night under the coaxing of Freddie Roach. From a high of 10 rounds with Jose Ramirez and Leonardo Doronio last Saturday, Pacquiao settled for eight this time with the same partners at the Elorde Gym near Mall of Asia. Pacquiao, who is gunning for Jessie Vargas’ World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas, spent four rounds with the unbeaten Ramirez and put in four more against Doronio to the delight of an adoring throng. READ MORE...

ALSO: Arum defends Pacquiao's KO drought


OCTOBER 22 -Promoter Bob Arum, left, watches as Manny Pacquiao during a news conference following Pacquiao’s welterweight title fight vs. Floyd Mayweather in May 2015. | John Locher/AP
It has been seven years since Manny Pacquiao scored a knockout. That was in 2009, when Pacquiao battered Miguel Cotto, flooring him twice and finally stopping him in the 12th round. Since then, the Filipino icon has chalked up wins only by decision. He actually came close to knocking out Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth meeting in 2012, but Pacquiao’s carelessness in the sixth round resulted in him running into a perfect Marquez counter that sent him to dreamland. Pacquiao would then rebound with decision wins over Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri. Against Algieri in 2014, Pacquiao again appeared headed for a knockout win when he decked his opponent a whopping six times. But Algieri proved to be a tough nut to crack, and Pacquiao still failed to finish him off. READ MORE...

Pacquiao leaves for US; hard grind finished, tapering phase in LA


OCTOBER 22 -Manny Pacquiao works the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach inside the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California on Saturday afternoon. Pacquiao and Bradley will be fighting for the third time on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA Manny Pacquiao’s hard grind is over. He’ll be wrapping up his training in Manila this afternoon and fly to Los Angeles tonight. From there, he’ll go through the tapering phase of his preparations for his showdown with World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. Workouts at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood begins Monday, though they’ll no longer be as long and as tough as his regimen at Elorde Gym in Parañaque. Following an eight-round sparring session with the unbeaten Jose Ramirez and Leonardo Doronio, Roach believes Pacquiao is ready for the 12-rounder pay-per-view tussle at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. READ MORE...


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WATCH: Pacquiao not washed up, says Roach


Manny Pacquiao works the mitts with Freddie Roach in this file photo.

MANILA, OCTOBER 24, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay October 18, 2016 - Some may think that Manny Pacquiao has already seen better days. Freddie Roach disagrees.

In a recent promotional video by Top Rank, Pacquiao’s longtime trainer insists that Pacquiao, even at 37 years old, still got what it takes to compete at the top level.

“It is a bright future for Pacquiao right now,” said Roach, who has been preparing Pacquiao in the country for his November 5 tussle with Jessie Vargas

“He’s not near washed up. His work ethic is great,” added the multi-titled cornerman.

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Pacquiao is wrapping up his Manila training this week, and is scheduled to fly to Los Angeles on October 22 for the final phase of his preparation.

Roach, for his part, likes what he sees so far in his prized pupil.

“He hasn’t lost a step. He’s still the same Manny Pacquiao I’ve always known and he’s still a great fighter,” said Roach.

Watch the video from Top Rank’s official Twitter account:

Follow Top Rank Boxing ✔ @trboxing .@MannyPacquiaoTR, washed up?

"Not in the least," says @FreddieRoach. #TeamLegend http://www.pacvargas.com 11:09 AM - 17 Oct 2016 23 23 Retweets 33 33 likes

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RELATED FROM THE INQUIRER

After skipping two days because of illness, Pacquiao returns to form By: Roy Luarca / @RLuarcaINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:00 AM October 12, 2016 Manny Pacquiao AP photo


Manny Pacquiao AP

After hitting a snag, Manny Pacquiao’s training for his comeback fight against Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 is again in full swing.

Pacquiao, who skipped gym work on Friday and Saturday owing to a bout with colds, resumed sparring last night and was clearly back in his element.

Despite a slight runny rose, Pacquiao engaged unbeaten American Jose Ramirez in a spirited scrimmage for six rounds then spent two more against Filipino lightweight Leonardo Doronio at the Elorde Gym near Mall of Asia in Pasay.

“Sparring went well,” Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao’s spokesperson, told the Inquirer. “Because Ramirez is also fast, there were beautiful exchanges.”

Chief trainer Freddie Roach, who earlier considered a 10-round sparring session for Pacquiao, decided to stick to just eight rounds because there are still nearly four weeks to go before the lawmaker targets Vargas’ WBO welterweight title at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, Roach, conditioning coach Justin Fortune and assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri and Roger Fernandez will fly to Los Angeles on Oct. 22 to wrap up preparations at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.


PHILSTAR

No respect for Manny SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 18, 2016 - 12:00am 19 138 googleplus1 2


JOAQUIN HENSON

For a sports journalist who once proclaimed that Manny Pacquiao “has been the most fascinating fighter I’ve covered in more than 40 years on the boxing beat and for much of his career, the one I most looked forward to covering,” former Ring Magazine editor Nigel Collins recently came out with guns blazing in chastising the Filipino for aligning himself with President Duterte.

Collins was in Manila in March 2004 to award Pacquiao the Ring Magazine featherweight title belt as the “people’s world champion” for halting Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera the year before. He presented the belt to Pacquiao in the presence of President Arroyo and Manila Mayor Lito Atienza at Malacañang Palace.

Collins, in an article entitled “Phenom” published in the June 16, 2016, issue of the Boxing News of London, remembered the ceremony vividly. “There was a general election coming up and after I strapped the belt around Manny’s waist and raised his left arm, he reached over, took President Arroyo’s arm and raised it,” he wrote. “We stood there, each holding one of the champ’s arms aloft as a small army of TV and print media recorded the moment for posterity. Arroyo, who was running for a second term, couldn’t have asked for a better endorsement. Pacquiao was a savvy politician years before he ran for office.”

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During his Manila visit, Collins was welcomed warmly by his Filipino contacts, including the Elorde family and American writer Ted Lerner who lives here and is often tapped to serve as ring announcer for big boxing events all over the country.

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Collins wrote that Pacquiao evolved over time as both a boxer and a person and said it’s virtually impossible to separate the fighter from the man. “Regardless of what happens in the political arena, Pacquiao has already earned his place as one of history’s most remarkable boxers,” he said. “Eight major titles from flyweight to superwelter are impressive enough but the list of men he beat is even more impressive. Yes, Pacquiao had his losses – six all told, most famously to Floyd Mayweather but that’s going to happen when taking risks is second nature. Manny started taking risks when he stowed away on the ferry from his home in General Santos City to Manila and was still taking risks when he entered the ring against Mayweather with a bum arm.”

Collins should’ve reminded himself of what he had previously written about Pacquiao when he fired his broadside in a scathing piece published in the Oct. 13, 2016 issue of the Boxing News of London. He said it’s virtually impossible to separate the fighter from the man, that Pacquiao has always been known for taking risks and he’s a savvy politician. But after Pacquiao recently sided with President Duterte, Collins forgot about all the things he’d said about the Filipino ring icon before. Collins suddenly became a political analyst of a Third World country struggling to battle a drug menace and despite his declaration of Pacquiao being a savvy politican who isn’t risk-averse, never gave him the benefit of the doubt. Where was the respect that Collins showed to Pacquiao in that article that was published only four months ago?

Collins threw a bomb at Pacquiao when he wasn’t looking, like Mayweather sucker-punching Victor Ortiz. Pacquiao couldn’t even defend himself. The least Collins could’ve done was to reach out to Pacquiao and ask for his comments. Obviously, Collins is no Duterte fan and joined the bandwagon of political analysts who have become overnight experts of Philippine politics in lambasting the Chief Executive for his strong-arm policies and comments.

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“I’ve always been an ardent admirer of Manny but his alliance with Rodrigo Duterte has unnerved me,” said Collins. “How did Pacquiao get mixed up with such a reprehensible individual as Duterte? There is almost no idealism in Philippine politics. Everyone wants to be a winner. Politicians that are famous for going whichever way the wind blows, switching parties to whomever is in power. There is no loyalty to one’s party or to a set of principles.”

Collins wrote about Duterte’s extra-judicious killings, Leila de Lima and even the movement of politicians from one political party to the other, citing the United Nationalist Party and the PDP-Laban. He lashed out at Pacquiao and accused him of winning his Senate seat “because he is famous, not because he stood for anything beyond the ambiguous ‘help the people’ platform.” He added, “Pacquiao hid behind his interpretation of the Bible when his cruel comments about the LGBT community earlier this year drew criticism ... now he’s doing likewise to excuse Duterte at a time when global condemnation of his brutal policies is mounting.”

Collins said Pacquiao’s alignment with Duterte might impact on the pay-per-view sales of his Nov. 5 fight against Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas. “Win or lose against Vargas, Pacquiao’s true test will take place back home in the Philippines,” said Collins. “Have the guts to stand up for human rights whatever the cost or stand next to Duterte, cheering as democracy gets flushed down the toilet?”

My view is Collins went beyond his field of expertise in giving a one-sided analysis of Philippine politics. As a boxing writer who has drooled over Pacquiao, he didn’t bother to give him the benefit of the doubt. It was the least he could’ve done to a fighter on whom he has lavished praise in the past. Collins’ opinions come from a Developed Country perspective and show little understanding of Developing Country dynamics. I’m not in a position to give an expert opinion on what’s going in Philippine politics because that’s not my line of expertise as a writer. But I know one thing – Pacquiao deserves a lot more respect from the boxing media than what Collins cruelly dispensed.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao applies brake in training By: Roy Luarca / @RLuarcaINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:11 AM October 19, 2016


Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO

Having reached the apex of his training, Manny Pacquiao started to apply the brakes in sparring last night under the coaxing of Freddie Roach.

From a high of 10 rounds with Jose Ramirez and Leonardo Doronio last Saturday, Pacquiao settled for eight this time with the same partners at the Elorde Gym near Mall of Asia.

Pacquiao, who is gunning for Jessie Vargas’ World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas, spent four rounds with the unbeaten Ramirez and put in four more against Doronio to the delight of an adoring throng.

READ MORE...

The eight-division champion then did the mitts with Hall-of-Fame trainer Roach, who expressed delight with Pacquiao’s physical condition, four days before they fly off to Los Angeles to wrap up preparations at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

Roach believes Pacquiao will beat Vargas impressively, paving the way for another megabuck fight for the first incumbent senator to seek a world title next year.

Oddsmakers have installed Pacquiao a huge 9-1 favorite, with Vargas relishing the underdog tag.


PHILSTAR

Arum defends Pacquiao's KO drought By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated October 19, 2016 - 11:34am 3 1224 googleplus0 0


Promoter Bob Arum, left, watches as Manny Pacquiao during a news conference following Pacquiao’s welterweight title fight vs. Floyd Mayweather in May 2015. | John Locher/AP

MANILA, Philippines – It has been seven years since Manny Pacquiao scored a knockout.

That was in 2009, when Pacquiao battered Miguel Cotto, flooring him twice and finally stopping him in the 12th round.

Since then, the Filipino icon has chalked up wins only by decision. He actually came close to knocking out Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth meeting in 2012, but Pacquiao’s carelessness in the sixth round resulted in him running into a perfect Marquez counter that sent him to dreamland.

Pacquiao would then rebound with decision wins over Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri.

Against Algieri in 2014, Pacquiao again appeared headed for a knockout win when he decked his opponent a whopping six times. But Algieri proved to be a tough nut to crack, and Pacquiao still failed to finish him off.

READ MORE...

After losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the richest boxing match ever, Pacquiao bounced back with an impressive win over Bradley in their rubber match. He scored a couple of knockdowns there, but the fight still ended up in the judges’ scorecards.

Now, Pacquiao is hoping the slump will end when he takes on Jessie Vargas on November 5 in Las Vegas.

For his longtime promoter Bob Arum though, Pacquiao’s inability to knock opponents out lately isn’t necessarily an indication of the fighter’s decline or diminishing punching power.

“We haven’t seen him knocking people out like he did so spectacularly at one period of his career,” Arum told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. “He is scoring a lot of knockdowns. He had six knockdowns against [Chris] Algieri [in 2014] and he had Bradley on the deck twice in his last fight.”

According to Arum, Paquiao’s recent opponents are more to blame.

“It’s not that he (Pacquiao)’s not hitting hard. He is hitting hard, but opponents fighting him are more cautious. The ability to knock out a guy isn’t a one-way street. It’s also the opponent,” added the Top Rank Inc. boss.

“If the opponent is looking to survive and not firing as many shots as he could, then it’s a lot more difficult to do. It’s not impossible, but it’s a hell of a lot harder when the opponent isn’t willing to open up,” Arum also said.

Pacquiao and Arum must be wishing that Vargas will turn out to be a different breed.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao leaves for US; hard grind finished, tapering phase in LA By: Roy Luarca / @RLuarcaINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:28 AM October 22, 2016


Manny Pacquiao works the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach inside the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California on Saturday afternoon. Pacquiao and Bradley will be fighting for the third time on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA

Manny Pacquiao’s hard grind is over. He’ll be wrapping up his training in Manila this afternoon and fly to Los Angeles tonight.

From there, he’ll go through the tapering phase of his preparations for his showdown with World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.

Workouts at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood begins Monday, though they’ll no longer be as long and as tough as his regimen at Elorde Gym in Parañaque.

Following an eight-round sparring session with the unbeaten Jose Ramirez and Leonardo Doronio, Roach believes Pacquiao is ready for the 12-rounder pay-per-view tussle at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

READ MORE...

Pacquiao has succeeded in juggling legislative duties as senator, fulfilling his basketball and spiritual obligations, and whipping himself into shape for the 67th fight of an illustrious career that saw him become an eight-division world champion, three-time fighter of the year and Fighter of the Decade (2000-2009).

Just the same, the tested tandem will continue rehearsing their fight plan, tinkering with it if necessary, as they go through more mitts and sparring sessions.

Apart from Roach, Pacquiao will be joined in the flight by wife Jinkee and assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri and Haplas Fernandez, and adviser Michael Koncz.

Like before, Pacquiao’s trunks, robes and headband will be laden with sponsors’ logos, including that of new corporate backer Mighty Sports, in the fight to be beamed over Solar Sports and GMA 7 and on pay-per-view over Sky Cable and Cignal TV.

Oddsmakers have installed Pacquiao a huge 9-1 favorite over Vargas.


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