Friday, October 9, 2009

Pacquiao's Training Camp is Going Well, Says Arum

By Mark Vester

Top Rank's Bob Arum says the training of Manny Pacquiao is going well. He visited Pacquiao's camp in Baguio, Philippines to watch the fighter train for the November 14 showdown with WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto. He wasn't sure how serious Pacquiao would train if the training camp was made in the Philippines. After a spending a few days at the camp, there are no doubts in his mind about how serious Pacquiao is training.

"At first I had my reservations that Manny could train well in the Philippines, but after seeing him, I understand very well that he is focused at preparing for the fight against Miguel Cotto," Arum said to Primera Hora. "Baguio is one mile above sea level and that's good for their preparation. They are training in a very quiet place where there are only a few people who leave him alone."

He said Pacquiao appears to be in good shape. There was one day that Pacquiao was working hard and couldn't finish out a full three minute round of non-stop work. The following day Manny worked through his training without any issues. Pacquiao is sparring with Shawn Porter, Urbano Antillon and Jose Luis Castillo.

"Now he looks to be in good shape. He is getting in shape and Manny is already training in full swing," said Arum. "Pacquiao will be in Baguio until October 24. From there they will move to Manila and then take a flight to Los Angeles, where on Monday of that week he will begin the last part of his training at Roach's Wild Card Gym of Roach."

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