Wednesday, March 3, 2010


With his left leg not bothering him any longer Filipino boxing hero and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao is in perfect shape for his showdown with big and strong Joshua Clottey at the $1.2 billion Dallas Cowboys Stadium on March 13 in a fight to be telecast in the Philippines by Solar Sports.

Conditioning expert Alex Ariza said Pacquiao added an Irish fighter whose name he couldn’t recall to his list of sparring partners with whom he went a total of ten rounds.

The sparring partners included Ghana's Abdulla Amidu (18-0, 17 knockouts)and longtime sparring partners Raymund Beltran and David Rodela.

Ariza said "it went very well and he (Manny) looked really good." In fact the conditioning expert was so enamored with Pacquiao’s showing that he said "he doesn’t look good, he looks great."

He said they worked "on a little bit of everything" which included his hand-speed, his movement in going at his opponent from different angles and darting in an out.

When asked whether Pacquiao was sort of winding down Ariza chuckled and said "hopefully, that’s the problem. It's hard to get him to slow down."

Ariza said he was happy that Pacquiao's bothersome left leg was holding up well even after he went jogging at Griffith Park on Monday.

Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz was in the meantime busy working on flight details of the trip to Dallas next Monday as well as room assignments and ticket allocations which are always a headache as a Pacquiao fight approaches.


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