PACMAN PEAK­ING JUST RIGHT

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS - @mar­creyesINQ By Marc An­thony Reyes

HOL­LY­WOOD— Manny Pac­quiao has one big con­cern. It’s not his weight nor his fit­ness. And def­i­nitely not Adrien Broner. “I’d like to push it some more,” said Pac­quiao after his usual rigid work­out at Wild Card Gym here. “But Justin (For­tune) stopped me.”

For­tune, the se­na­tor’s fit­ness and con­di­tion­ing coach, pre­vailed upon him to forgo his sched­uled morn­ing run up the hilly path from Grif­fith Park Ob­ser­va­tory all the way to the iconic Hol­ly­wood sign.

“We want to main­tain our fit­ness,” said Pac­quiao. “We don’t want to get burned out.”

He nev­er­the­less went on with sev­eral rounds of mitts train­ing at the gym in the af­ter­noon, prac­tis­ing thun­der­ous com­bi­na­tions and mak­ing sure he is throw­ing them in short­est span of time as pos­si­ble.

As al­ways, Pac­quiao would emerge from train­ing in a jovial mood—like he just went shop­ping in­stead of un­der­go­ing a pun­ish­ing two-hour grind.

“I’m very sure Broner is in top shape, I saw his video. He’s got a good trainer,” said Pac- quiao, re­fer­ring to Kevin Cun­ning­ham.

“But I ex­pect him to try to maybe an­noy me,” he added, al­lud­ing to Broner, whose box­ing style and over­all ir­rev­er­ence draw com­par­i­son with Floyd May­weather Jr.

Broner has been ac­tive on so­cial me­dia, flaunt­ing his buff physique as well as dol­lar bills.

The Cincin­nati na­tive had ear­lier said he couldn’t care less about the highly an­tic­i­pated Pac­quiao-May­weather re­match.

Broner, known for throw­ing too few punches, said all he needed was one punch to stop the only eight-divi­sion champ.

—WEN­DELL ALINEA/MP PRO­MO­TIONS

Manny Pac­quiao wel­comes Los An­ge­les man­sion vis­i­tors Metta World Peace (right), the re­tired Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion player for­merly known as Ron Artest. The mother of Peace’s son, Jeron (left), is Filipino Jen­nifer Palma.

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