Manny Pacquiao looked ’lethargic, not sharp’ in Baguio training camp, says Bob Arum
Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao failed to impress promoter Bob Arum when the latter watched him train in Baguio on October 16, reports Yahoo Sports. "He looked like (expletive). He looked lethargic. He wasn’t sharp. I was totally surprised."
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, was "pulling (his) hair out" thinking of what he could do to get Pacquiao to focus. "I know his mind is off the fight. I know his mind is somewhere else, and that’s because of politics," he told the AP. As the Sarangani congressman, Pacquiao had to shuttle between Baguio and Manila, and take phone calls from his staff "sometimes in the middle of workouts," according to the AP.
He also took a day off from training for a meeting with President Noynoy Aquino. Roach told Yahoo Sports, "I said to him, ’(Expletive) the president. We have a fight coming up you need to get ready for." The Ring quoted Roach as saying, "I mean, he can meet the President anytime he wants. Why does he have to meet him on my time?" The Baguio training camp was the "worst (they’ve) ever had," Roach said, according to Inquirer.net.
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To further prepare for his November 13 bout against Antonio Margarito, Pacquiao and his training team have now set camp at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. There, he showed a "big improvement" in sparring, his adviser Michael Koncz told Inquirer.net. Koncz said Pacquiao "was not huffing and puffing at the end," unlike his previous sessions. The Fighter of the Decade "was on fire," reporter Dyan Castillejo quoted Roach, according to Inquirer.net.
Pacquiao told the AP, "I’ve been under pressure and tough conditions before. The training is going good, but the problem is there is a lot of stuff to do aside from it. I’m thinking about (retirement), but I can still fight. I think I’ll do a few more."