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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pacquiao impressed with Mayweather’s showing

Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao has two words to describe the welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez: mismatch and impressive.

After personally watching the Sunday bout between two of boxing’s best fighters today, Pacquiao didn’t hide the notion that Mayweather still packs the same skills and talent, notwithstanding the 21-month lay-off that he had.

“Impressive," said the Pacman.

But like the rest of boxing experts, the 30-year-old Filipino also considered the 12-round fight a “mismatch" as the bigger and quicker Mayweather Jr. pounded a one-sided unanimous decision against the 36-year-old Mexican.

The boxing world is excited over a possible showdown between Pacquiao and Mayweather possibly next year but for now, the pride of General Santos City is focused on his Nov. 14 title fight with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico.

Pacquiao arrived in Baguio City Saturday night for the formal start of his training camp for the Cotto bout and took time to view the duel between Mayweather, a prospective opponent, and Marquez, an old rival, Sunday morning.

Pacquiao asked that his arrival be made simple, even turning down an earlier plan to fly him in through a chartered private jet owned by close friend, former Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson, from Loakan Airport. Team Pacquiao instead drove to the City of Pines by land from the boxing champion’s home in Laguna.

At the Baguio camp, Pacquiao will start the day with a morning roadwork at around 5 a.m. and then begins his training at the Cooyeesan Hotel at around mid-noon, with training assistant Buboy Fernandez tasked to handle the workout in the absence of chief trainer Freddie Roach.

The three-time Hall of Fame trainer won’t be arriving in the country’s Summer Capital until Tuesday in the company of conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

Roach is expected to handle Pacquiao’s training on the second day of the camp.

Pacquiao said the high-altitude weather in Baguio is a perfect for his training camp as he prepares seriously against the 28-year-old Cotto, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion.

Source: gmanews.tv

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