PAC­QUIAO BREAKS CAMP, HEADS TO LAS VE­GAS

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By ABAC CORDERO

HOL­LY­WOOD – Manny Pac­quiao is beg­ging for a few more rounds of spar­ring when Satur­day’s four­round ses­sion was sup­posed to be the last.

Fred­die Roach knows what to ex­pect.

“He’ll try,” said Roach of Pac­quiao, a cer­ti­fied worka­holic, and of­ten likened to the bunny that keeps go­ing and go­ing and go­ing.

Pac­quiao sparred four rounds with New York-based am­a­teur Arnold Gon­za­lez last Satur­day, and gave his all.

“Spar­ring is over. That’s it,” said Roach.

Pac­quiao, how­ever, is due for a short gym ses­sion Mon­day noon be­fore he mo­tors to Las Ve­gas for fight week.

Adrien Broner, the chal­lenger, is al­ready in Sin City.

If he could have his way, Roach would rather have Pac­quiao rest Mon­day, and head to Ve­gas with­out go­ing to the gym.

“He can go out for a run and then go home and then we head to Ve­gas. But he wants a light work­out on Mon­day,” said the Amer­i­can trainer.

“He said, ‘Can I spar on Mon­day?’” said Roach. “And I said, ‘No,’” he added. Sun­day was a slow day for Pac­quiao, who at­tended church ser­vice then treated close to a hun­dred to lunch at a Ja­panese restau­rant.

He wel­comed his sup­port­ers to his home near Han­cock Park, in­clud­ing for­mer NBA star Metta World Peace (for­merly Ron Artest).

Be­fore the day ended, he fi­nal­ized the room as­sign­ments and dis­trib­uted the keys to those join­ing him in Las Ve­gas. A 55-seater bus will carry the bulk of Team Pac­quiao.

The reign­ing WBA wel­ter­weight cham­pion will join his fam­ily in a cus­tom­ized Mercedes Benz van.

Mon­day sig­nals the end of train­ing camp.

Pac­quiao will beg for a cou­ple more rounds of spar­ring.

“If he ne­go­ti­ates, I won’t win,” said Roach. For­mer NBA star Metta World Peace a.k.a. Ron Artest and his son Jeron flank Filipino Manny Pac­quiao at the lat­ter’s home in Los An­ge­les Sun­day.

ABAC CORDERO

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