Manny Pacquiao aka Pacman has been in the news lately. And why not? Manny will headline one of the year's exciting matches when he goes up against none other than Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 6, 2007. A lot of interesting views and thoughts have surfaced in light of Manny Paquiao's upcoming fight. These include:
- - Trainer Freddie Roach said he expects Manny Pacquiao to log in a total of 130 to 150 rounds of sparring against Mexican fighters for his Oct. 6 rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera in
. Las Vegas
- Roach has decided to declare the gym off-limits to fans from Monday to Friday to give Pacquiao more time to concentrate. The crowd that showed up at the gym last Thursday was just unbelievable.
- “Hindi namin mapigil ang tao (We can’t control the crowd). Iba talaga si Manny (Manny is truly different),” said Salud, the owner of the gym, and a close friend of Pacquiao’s.
- - "Pacquiao has the style that complicates things for Barrera. He is fast, elusive and left-handed."
- - Beristain's protege, WBC super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, is hoping to land a rematch with Pacquiao after he takes care of Rocky Juarez on Sept. 15 at the MGM Grand.
- - "I think that was a five-kilometer stretch but I felt I ran for 10 kilometers because of the uphill climb," said Pacquiao.
- In a related development, representatives of giant cable television company Home Box Office (HBO) will be arriving next week to cover Pacquiao's training. "I think they're going to make a 24/7 coverage like what they did to one of the fights of Bernard Hopkins," said Roach.Salud, Pacquiao's close associate, welcomed the news, saying the coverage "will put the Philippines, particularly Cebu, on the world map."
- - “I’m in favor if Gerry wants to have a rematch with De Leon. I think he has what it takes to beat De Leon,” said Pacquiao, who co-manages Peñalosa with trainer Freddie Roach.
- - Roach said Pacquiao is 65 to 75 percent ready for the fight, his first since he knocked out Jorge Solis in Texas last April.
- - "When people count him out, he always comes back and wins and wins impressively. So I think Barrera is going to pull out a surprising victory," De La Hoya, the Golden Boy Promotions top honcho, said in a report posted on CBS' sportsline.com.
- - "I think Barrera is really going to be up for the fight and I think that people will be able to see a real battle, toe-to-toe. You know, a great, great fight," Arum said. "I think there's only one winner and that's Pacquiao. But Barrera has always been known to rise to the occasion when he's counted out."
- - Pacquiao is the favorite in the rematch, the report said, but if Pacquiao fails to focus on his training, then Barrera could get his revenge.
- - “It’s Manny himself who wants us out early. Freddie’s room is just beside Manny’s. Manny has even decided to turn off all his cellular phones the whole day. He means business,” said Joson.
Good luck Manny!
Some of the online reads on Manny Pacquiao
- Mexicans to Keep Manny Busy
- Marquez Trainer Picks Pacquiao Over Barrera
- Pacman backs Peñalosa rematch vs De Leon
- De La Hoya: Barrera to Give Pacquiao a Tough Fight
- HBO to Cover Pacman Training
And an inspiring read on Gerry Peñalosa. And I kid you not!
- Gerry Peñalosa: RP's Cinderalla Man
- "Keep going well, keep going AnitoKid."
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