Sunday, January 24, 2010

Featured Columnist Manny Pacquiao Ups Intensity; Becomes Wild Animal at Wild Card

LOS ANGELES - Fresh off a two-city press tour that saw stops in both the Big D and the Big Apple, seven-time world champion Manny Pacquiao is ready to begin preparations in earnest for his WBO welterweight title defense against Joshua Clottey.
Training camp for the March 13 fight was originally scheduled to start yesterday, but due to Wednesday's late-arriving return flight from the East Coast, Pacquiao was given a one-day reprieve and instructed to report to the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood today.
Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin accompanied Team Pacquiao on the private flight and reported Freddie Roach's comments to Pacquiao at the airport:
"See you on Friday, Manny. Just take (Thursday) off and rest."
"Okay coach, I will do that," Pacquiao pleasantly replied.
Now with exactly 50 days remaining before "The Event" takes center stage at "The Palace," aka Jerry Jones' new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas; Roach, assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez and conditioning coach Alex Ariza have their work cut out for them.
As always they are responsible for assembling a team of sparring partners...executing a regimen of arduous physical workouts...and administering a set of carefully engineered nutritional plans.
All together, they will design a strategy that provides Pacquiao with the platform he needs to succeed.
Pacquiao for his part, renowned for having one of the best work ethics in boxing, stands on that delicately balanced platform and adds three equal servings of unbridled intensity, heavenly ambitions and exhaustive desire.
Transforming the docile Filipino into nothing short of an animal.
A wild animal that can smell blood and sense defeat all the while concerning himself with only one thing -- killing his prey.
It's a recipe for success that's worked out well for Pacquiao in the past, and millions of his fans around the world are hoping it's a recipe that continues to work out well in the future.
Come March 13 we'll find out when Pacquiao steps into the ring with Clottey at "The Event." I'm guessing it will be a fight that lives up to it's name.
Pacquiao's fights usually do.


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