Pacquiao revs up training, scales uphill jog

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


ASSURING he is not taking his opponent lightly, Manny Pacquiao revved up his second day of training in the Summer Capital with another jog.

This time, the eight weight division pound-for-pound champion scaled the uphill 220-hectare Sta. Lucia Subdivision located in Tuba, Benguet instead of an easy plain jog at the Burnham Lake Drive for his stamina build-up before working with the mitts in the afternoon.

Despite struggling a little bit in his uphill climb early morning jog, Pacquiao remained fit and mean despite having at least three months lay-off and has been checking his weight to keep him within 147 pounds (lbs).

"Medyo nahirapan ako sa pagtakbo lalo na sa paakyat pero maganda ito para sa stamina," said Pacquiao, who started his build-up for May 7's bout against Shane Mosley for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown in the scheduled 12-rounder at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The fighting Sarangani representative has logged in at least 4.8 kilometers or exactly three miles during Tuesday's morning jog with 25 minutes of sit ups and stretching.

It was one of the toughest hill climb run for Pacquiao, as conditioning coach Alex Ariza sees it. Ariza was with the Pacman in the early morning work-out.

"This is [Sta. Lucia] probably one of the hardest hill climb I've seen," said the Columbian Ariza.

But Ariza insisted the training camp for Pacquiao's upcoming bout will be a shot back to basics and the need to keep his stamina and strength up by a notch.

"We are going back into basics now and getting into shape and boost his speed in training," added Ariza, one of team Pacquiao's vital cog in his transformation as a pound-for-pound boxer.

Long-time trainer Buboy Fernandez administered the afternoon work-out as Freddie Roach arrived Wednesday afternoon.

Training was more on mitts and shadow boxing before Pacquiao spars with lightweight David Rodela and unbeaten welterweight Shawn Porter, which is scheduled later this month. (Roderick Osis)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 17, 2011.

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