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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pacquiao vs Cotto: Cancun Site Offered For Manny's Training

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says that a sprawling hacienda in Cancun has been offered as a training site for world pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao in preparation for his ‘Fire Power” showdown against WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto with the added attraction of the WBC “Diamond Belt” also on the line at the MGM Grand on November 14.

Arum said that Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz had visited possible training sites in Mexico and that Pacquiao would “have the (Cancun) hacienda all to himself. Its private and its great. The weather is perfect so we advised him to go but what he does, who knows.”

Arum shared trainer Freddie Roach’s concern about setting up training camp in the Philippines with its many distractions aside from the fact that Cotto is a dangerous opponent who cannot be taken lightly by anyone, including Pacquiao.

He said the Filipino boxing icon has “got to let us know so we c an set things up. The Bahamas is still available, its all available. The only object is for “him to pull the trigger” so they know where he’ll train.

The Top Rank promoter who has chartered Pacquiao’s career to remarkable heights said Pacquiao should have “started light training right now and the go to heavy training when he comes over here” even as he expressed the hope that Pacquiao was at least doing some running.

Arum said other than Pacquiao’s training camp site and schedule “everything is going great” even as he disclosed that one more US baseball team, the San Diego Padres will stage a “Manny Pacquiao Night and they are going to give the proceeds on the extra tickets they sell to the Manny Pacquiao Foundation.”

The baseball promotional tour will begin at Yankee Stadium in New York before they leave for a press conference in Puerto Rico after which they fly to a night with the San Francisco Giants after which they go to Los Angeles .

At the same time Arum said that Pacquiao won’t be able to watch the Rodel Mayol title rematch with WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Calderon on September 12 because they have to “get on a plane that afternoon to go to San Francisco and on Sunday we’ll have a press conference with 50,000 at the giant Dodgers Stadium” in Los Angeles.

Source: boxingscene.com

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