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The venue, not the fight »

A member of the media walks past the Thomas & Mack Center, site of the third presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. AP

The fight venue, not the main protagonists, has temporarily seized the spotlight in the run-up to Manny Pacquiao’s comeback assignment with Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on Nov. 5. The Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is where Pacquiao hopes to snatch the American fighter’s WBO welterweight title next month. Last Thursday morning, Manila time, the Center, a few miles from the world…

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Pacquiao ready to fight, will assault Griffith Park »

Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao (in blue) jogs at the Griffith Park in Hollywood, California on Friday morning (US time) as part of his training for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. With an elevation gain of more than 300 meters, only a few elite members of Team Pacquiao, including Pacman the dog can keep up with him.  Rem Zamora/INQUIRER

HOLLYWOOD—Being ready for a fight won’t suffice for Manny Pacquiao. He must be in optimum condition when the collision happens. No wonder, Pacquiao always prefers to go the extra mile in training for his World Boxing Organization welterweight title showdown with Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. Though his chief trainer, Freddie Roach, and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune, believe that there’s no longer a need for him to do uphill…

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Pacquiao applies brake in training »

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…

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After skipping two days because of illness, Pacquiao returns to form »

Manny Pacquiao AP photo

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…

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Can Pacquiao hit 100 percent? »

Welterweight Manny Pacquiao and Jesse Vargas pose after a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel on September 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.   Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images/AFP

AFTER trainer Freddie Roach cried that Manny Pacquiao appeared tired and flat in training, the eight-division world title winner next came up with solid results in the gym. Roach was visibly displeased on Thursday, after Pacquiao reportedly allowed himself to be outclassed by the unbeaten Jose Ramirez in sparring. Veteran sportswriter Eddie Alinea, who witnessed Pacquiao’s training on Saturday, reported that it was the same old Pacquiao again out there—sharp, speedy,…

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UAAP first-timer Roach roots for La Salle: ‘I like green’ »

Hall of Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach watches the Ateneo-La Salle game in the UAAP Season 79 men's basketball tournament Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

It's been said an Ateneo versus La Salle match is a social event. So it is normally attended by a wide range of celebrities. On Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena, Manny Pacquiao's longtime trainer Freddie Roach was one of those personalities part of the 20,000-strong crowd. The decorated boxing mentor watched the game with sports columnist Quinito Henson, a La Salle alumnus, and proudly wore green. When asked why he was picking…

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Roach says Pacquiao is tired »

Caption: Manny Pacquiao and Hall of Fane trainer Freddie Roach laugh at the custom-made speed ball that has Floyd Mayweather's face on it. AP

There’s a jumpy twist in the otherwise energetic preparations of Manny Pacquiao for his world welterweight title challenge in Las Vegas on Nov. 5. This concern was delivered by trainer Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum themselves. First, Arum confided he was not confident if Pacquiao can continue to manage his career in the Senate with his career in boxing. Then, in his turn, Roach said Pacquiao appeared tired in training. * *…

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