Leg cramps not both­er­ing Pac­quiao

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By ABAC CORDERO

Manny Pac­quiao’s train­ing was cut short yes­ter­day af­ter­noon when he suf­fered cramps on his left leg as his fiver­ound spar­ring ses­sion was about to end.

Pac­quiao man­aged to con­tinue af­ter a brief lull, and would have gone on. But his con­di­tion­ing coach, Justin For­tune, felt there was no need.

“It’s not worth it,” said For­tune at the Elorde Gym in Pasay City.

“I’m okay,” said Pac­quiao, who granted in­ter­views with a hand­ful of tele­vi­sion crews af­ter the ab­bre­vi­ated train­ing ses­sion.

For­tune blamed the in­ci­dent on lack of wa­ter, and Pac­quiao went fur­ther by say­ing he ran out of vi­ta­mins (potas­sium, cal­cium and mag­ne­sium).

“We just ran out of vi­ta­mins for potas­sium and mag­ne­sium. What we have from my last fight were ex­pired. I could not take them,” said Pac­quiao, who stakes his WBA wel­ter­weight crown against Amer­i­can Adrien Broner on Jan. 19 in Las Ve­gas.

Pac­quiao has dealt with cramps over re­cent years while he trains or while he’s in an ac­tual fight. It was re­ported that he spends roughly $1,800 for a tube of an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory cream he ap­plies on his legs when he cramps.

The eight-divi­sion world cham­pion who is just eight days shy of his 40th birth­day skipped road work yes­ter­day morn­ing and played bas­ket­ball in­stead.

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