Pacquiao seen to grace flower festivities

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Friday, February 4, 2011


MANNY Pacquiao's third encounter with the Summer Capital may prove to be a lucky charm for the eight division world champion who is set to return to the city.

This time, however, Representative Bernardo Vergara is planning to invite the boxer and representative of Sarangani to grace, not only the boxing ring, but also the Panagbenga Grand Parade on February 26 and 27.

"It seems Pacquiao can make an early trip here in the city to witness the festivities and at the same time acclimatize with the cold weather we are having right now," said Vergara.

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Pacquiao is reportedly taking a four-week training in the city sometime in the second or third week of March, but Vergara said he will try to persuade Pacquiao to join the city's flower festival celebration.

"We will try to invite him because he is already one of us considering he's trained in Baguio for two times already," Vergara added.

The eight division champion and Sugar Shane Mosley will be holding their training in high altitude camps as earlier reported.

Mosley is kicking off his own build-up at around the same time as Pacquiao in Big Bear, California, a resort town in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California, 141 kilometers from downtown Los Angeles.

Baguio City has an elevation of 5,100 feet above sea level while Big Bear is at 7,000 feet but certain areas in the mountain range can reach up to 9,000 feet above sea level.

Pacquiao will be facing Mosley on May 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.

Freddie Roach including Alex Ariza will be training Pacquiao before flying to Los Angeles for another four weeks of training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

The four-time boxing trainer of the year earlier suggested for Pacquiao to lessen the number of training weeks from eight to six if the pound-for-pound king would go straight to Los Angeles before the fight.

But Roach earlier said their recent training camp for his fight against Antonio Margarito last November here had been the worst, owing to the many distractions Pacquiao had.

Despite the distractions, Roach still prefers Baguio rather than Metro Manila or Cebu because of the city's cool climate which is ideal for road work. (Roderick Osis)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 05, 2011.

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