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Friday, October 23, 2009

I’m fit to fight now – Pacquiao

Saying he is ready to fight, Manny Pacquiao went through a different training session during his morning workout on Friday under the watchful eyes of conditioning coach Alex Ariza, who later advised the pound-for-pound king to take a day-off in anticipation of a tough time this afternoon when he spars for 10 rounds for the third straight time.

“Pakiramdam ko ngayon ay pwedeng- pwede na akong lumaban,” Pacquiao told the Bulletin inside his suite at the Mandarin Oriental in Makati.

Ariza admitted the workout pushed Pacquiao to the limit and that his body needs to recover from the beating that it took.

“His body has to recover from all the work that we did this morning,” Ariza said.

Ariza revealed that Pacquiao did sprints for 40 minutes, something that the 30-year-old Filipino lefty had never done under the touted Colombian-born strength coach.

“Todo-todo ang takbo. Grabe!” said Pacquiao as he was lying in his bed, looking as though he had been up the ring with Mike Tyson.

“Nag-sprint na rin kami dati pero iba itong pinagawa sa akin,” said Pacquiao, who earlier received in his room old friends Gerry Garcia, Lito Mondejar, Cris Aquino, and Rommel Nazario, son of his late business manager Rod.

Ariza said the reason behind the full session of sprint training was to guarantee that Pacquiao will be on his toes all the time when he bangs with Miguel Cotto on November 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“Speed, speed, and more speed,” said Ariza. “That’s what he needs against Cotto on fight night.”

Pacquiao is expected to spar for five rounds each with Shawn Porter and Urbano Antillon, honor a few commitments then fly to Los Angeles via Philippine Airlines later in the evening.

Pacquiao resumes training at the Wild Card in Hollywood this Monday.

Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/226104/i-m-fit-fight-now-pacquiao

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