Friday, January 22, 2010

Pacquiao takes breather, delays training

MANILA, Philippines – Seven-time world champ Manny Pacquiao is taking a breather frist before starting his training camp following his press tour with Ghanian boxer Joshua Clottey to promote their upcoming bout.
According to a report by Ronnie Nathanielsz of, Pacquiao went to Los Angeles from New York together with his coach Freddie Roach, assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez, adviser Michael Koncz and lawyer Franklin “Jeng” Gacal.
Roach told the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion to take a rest after a gruelling press tour at the Dallas Cowboys in Texas stadium and the Madison Square Garden in New York.
Pacquiao was supposed to begin his training camp at the Wild Card Gym on Thursday (Friday in Manila) but had to rest before going down to business.
Team Pacquiao has set aside 7 weeks to prepare against the durable Clottey, a former world welterweight champion.
Clottey's training hit by delay, too
Clottey, meanwhile, had to take a forced vacation from his training after his trainer was temporarily refused a visa by the US Embassy in Accra, Ghana.
The former International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion was reported heading back to Ghana to resolve the issue of visas for trainer Godwin Dzanie Kotey and assistant trainer Daniel Clottey whose US visas had expired last November.
“We are very disappointed because we need to train. Now Joshua is all alone in the US and even if he is training, there is no supervision,” Kotey said in
Clottey was reportedly frustrated with the delay.
“You need time to prepare in boxing. Even the day Joshua was notified for the fight was already too short for a fight of such magnitude. He needs at least four months to prepare for a big fight like this,” said Kotey.


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