Pac­quiao is dead serious about Var­gas fight

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MANNY PAC­QUIAO says that de­spite a pun­ish­ing sched­ule which in­cludes jug­gling two high-pro­file jobs in the build up to his re­turn to the box­ing ring, he has still man­aged to main­tain his fire for the sport.

Now that the Philip­pine Se­nate is on a break, the box­ing leg­end says he is fi­nally able to start train­ing in earnest to face World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion wel­ter­weight cham­pion Jessie Var­gas in Las Ve­gas.

Three months af­ter end­ing his brief ring “re­tire­ment,” Pac­quiao is in the fi­nal weeks of prepa­ra­tions for the fight which will be held Nov 5 at the Thomas & Mack Cen­ter.

“It can be very dif­fi­cult if you are not dis­ci­plined. But I feel good,” the re­cent­ly­elected Se­nate mem­ber Pac­quiao said yes­ter­day at the Wild Card Gym in Hol­ly­wood.

“Ev­ery day I was able to run in the morn­ing and then train af­ter the Se­nate ses­sion. The gym is very close to the Se­nate. It is im­por­tant to win this fight con­vinc­ingly to prove that I am still there.”

Pac­quiao’s long-time trainer Fred­die Roach said the 37 year-old’s con­tin­ued suc­cess is a re­sult of the hard work in the gym.

“His work ethic is still the great­est I have ever seen,” Roach said. “I am amazed that af­ter 15 years of work­ing to­gether he still has that pas­sion.

“He’s beat­ing the mitts and beat­ing his spar­ring part­ners. He still has the speed and power. Manny will punch this guy out.”

Pac­quiao looked im­pres­sive in April when he dom­i­nated Tim­o­thy Bradley in their third fight.

If he gets past Var­gas, as many think he will, Pac­quiao could be look­ing at a fight against un­beaten Ter­ence Craw­ford in 2017. – AFP

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