Mayor orders stricter security for Pacquiao

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Thursday, March 10, 2011


IT WILL all be business when Manny Pacquiao returns to the Summer Capital.

Pacquiao, the fighting congressman of Sarangani Province, is expected to arrive March 12 for his high altitude training in preparation for his May 7 welterweight clash against Sugar Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Nevada, USA.

Appropriate security measures are now being undertaken by the Baguio City Government, according to Mayor Mauricio Domogan as they prepare for the arrival of the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight champion.

The eight-weight division champion will be arriving with his entourage, including trainer Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza with some of his spar mates returning since his first training camp in the city.

Expected to beef up Pacquiao's sparring session are Lightweight David Rodela and unbeaten welterweight Shawn Porter. Both Rodela (15-3-3, six knockouts) of Oxnard, California and the hard-hitting Porter (18-0, 13 KOs) served, at one time, as sparmates for Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs).

It will be the third time Pacquiao will hold his training in the Summer Capital since 2009 when he trained against Miguel Cotto for the welterweight crown.

Shape Up Boxing gym will be Pacquiao's official training camp for at least four weeks before the team leaves for Hollywood in April.

Domogan said the city has already beefed up the necessary security measures to ensure Pacquiao will be able to concentrate on his training regimen.

Pacquiao will be accorded the usual treatment, which he had been receiving from the City Government and other sectors while he trains.

The mayor, meanwhile, said he is currently negotiating with the National Government to upgrade the condition of the city's sports facilities to comply with international standards so athletes will be lured to train here in Baguio.

The Philippine football squad Azkals recently had their weeklong training camp in the Summer Capital and nearby La Trinidad, Benguet as part of their acclimatization training before they left for Japan Monday afternoon.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 10, 2011.

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