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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pacquiao in no hurry to open camp for Cotto bout

His rival, Miguel Cotto, has started training for their Nov. 14 showdown but Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao is in no hurry to commence his.

The Pacman counts 85 more days before “Firepower," his much-awaited tussle with WBO welterweight champion Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, which he said, will still provide ample time for his training camp.

“Don't worry, we have plenty of time (to train)... Everything is under control," Pacquiao wrote Thursday in his Kumbinasyon column for Abante and PhilBoxing.com.

At the moment, Pacquiao spends his time with his other passion – acting. The 30-year-old Pacquiao is shooting his movie project, Wapakman, and upcoming sitcom for GMA Network, Show Me The Manny with co-star Marian Rivera.

The reigning pound-for-pound king said he’s enjoying his showbiz forays, which he noted could be more taxing than fighting in the ring.

“Marami pa namang oras ang nakalaan sa pag-train para sa isa sa pinakamahirap na laban ng aking career at sa ngayon ay masaya ako at nalilibang sa aking mga proyekto kahit na minsan ay talaga ring nakakapagod," he said.

“Minsan nga, parang mas madali ang pagboboksing dahil ito ang aking nakasanayan at talaga namang mahal ko ang sport na ito," he added.

While Pacquiao goes about his non-boxing activities, Cotto returned to the gym early August and announced that he would start full-time training for the Pacquiao fight on Aug. 24, according to BoxingScene.com.

Pacquiao plans to hit the gym by September yet but as always, he is expected to sink his teeth into getting into tip-top shape against Cotto, whom he considered a tough opponent.

The pride of General Santos City and Sarangani added that reports of “monstrous tickets sales" for “Firepower" had give him extra motivation to report for training soon.

Source: gmanews.tv

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