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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pacquiao leaves Baguio amid ‘Ramil’ threat

To make sure that no amount of rain or typhoon wind will hamper his training camp, Manny Pacquiao will leave Baguio City sooner than expected and wrap up his Philippine training in Manila.

According to the fighter’s trainer Freddie Roach, Team Pacquiao will leave Monday morning in anticipation of typhoon “Ramil" that is set to affect the country by Wednesday.

“We’re leaving ahead of schedule. It’s better to be in Manila before the storm hits us," said Roach.

Concerns were raised by fans of Pacquiao after typhoons “Ondoy" and “Pepeng" wrought havoc in Northern Luzon that made Baguio isolated for a few days. Pacquiao has been training in the City of Pines the last four weeks.

But despite the bad weather, Roach said it never affected their preparation as only Pacquiao’s morning road work was scuttled for at least two days.

In making up for lost time in their morning sprint, Pacquiao ran on a treadmill and even went swimming for 26 minutes in one instance during the storm’s onslaught.

“We’re on target and Manny’s peaking on time. We may need to do minor adjustments but the bad weather has never been an issue before," said Roach.

Initially, Team Pacquiao was scheduled to leave Baguio and proceed to Manila on Oct. 23 then leave for the United States on the 24th.

While in Manila, Pacquiao will train either at the Wild Card Gym in Sucat or the Mandaluyong gym of Gerry Peñalosa, the fighter’s close buddy.

Pacquiao will resume his training at Roach’s Wild Card Gym for two weeks before tapering off the week of his upcoming fight in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, 30, is set to square off with defending welterweight champion Cotto in a 12-round title fight for the Puerto Rican’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt. Cotto agreed to stake his 147-lb crown at a catch weight of 145 lbs on November 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. - GMANews.TV

Source: gmanews.tv

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