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Pacquiao trains ‘with God’ for Bradley bout

BAGUIO City, Philippines — Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao began training Wednesday for his June world title defence against US challenger Timothy Bradley, saying he has God in his corner.

Reciting biblical passages as he shadow-boxed in a park, Pacquiao said finding God earlier this year had not deprived him of the devastating speed and power that earned him eight world titles in as many divisions.

“Nothing has changed. I am still fully focused on training although now I am happier because I have God,” he told reporters in the northern mountain resort of Baguio, where he undergoes altitude training ahead of all his fights.

Regarded by many in the sport as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, Pacquiao, 54-3 with two draws, stakes his World Boxing Organisation welterweight crown against the undefeated Bradley in Las Vegas on June 9.

Some feared the 33-year-old’s conversion would extinguish his killer instinct in the ring and bring his glittering career to an abrupt halt.

The left-hander, who has translated his sports fame into huge riches, a movie career and election to parliament, announced in January that he had become a changed man after a religious vision.

Formerly a heavy gambler fond of late-night parties, Pacquiao said he had been chosen by God to use his fame to spread the Christian message.

He told a Manila radio station last month that God had told him in a dream to retire soon, but did not say when.

His American coach Freddie Roach has brought up to Baguio a team of sparring partners headlined by Briton Amir Khan, one of the world’s highest-ranked light-welterweights, Pacquiao aide Buboy Fernandez said.

“Bradley has his own moves. He’s good at head movement and we have to pay attention to that. He can also bend the rules to his advantage,” Fernandez said.

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Tags: Boxing , Freddie Roach , Manny Pacquiao , Religion , Sports , Timothy Bradley , World Boxing Organisation

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HVUFQSVHH65HHOTPIS5HIY3J4 Rhon

    what a hypocrite!!! using God for his own attention.. 

  • http://twitter.com/akonroan akon roan

    Early in his boxing career, Pacquiao often seen praying to God before and after the fight and even go to church in Quiapo religiously. Now that he is on his new life, as he always wanted people to believe, ay nahanapan o natangpuan na raw nya ang panginoon o Diyos at sya ay nagbago na ng lubusan.Ang tanong sino ba yung Diyos na sinasamba nya noon, at bakit hindi nya nagawang magbago nung una pa man? Could this be a sign of morality in disguise because of BIG political ambition that would compel the greater majority to side with him? Nagtatanong lang po….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JC4FZSEBGFSRT26VSKEH674XNU Estong

    Daming Pilipinong utak-talangka. Mga inggitero!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JC4FZSEBGFSRT26VSKEH674XNU Estong

    Inggit lang kayo kay Pacman.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WGV72JWIAVB4J37OXIHHFTS6TM Ako

    typical critics… but one thing is for certain, either he is a changed man or not, win or lose, he still has got some millions to burn for years to come.

    Such wealth, power and prestige, which even with all the money, college degree, pedigree (both family and pet dog) his critics combined, these so-called “better” critics will never have the chance to be of the same level or even half of what MP has now.

    True to the age old saying, only when a tree bears fruit, silly kids throws stones at it…


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5QYMLPTOC3C2UE6EYMGXC2AEKM magku

    Pa exorcist mo muna sarili mo at sama na rin si Chavit pati Malacanang kaya di uma-asenso ang Pinas.  God is with you pag magpatayo ka ng SM sa Spratlys. HAHAHAHA..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JC4FZSEBGFSRT26VSKEH674XNU Estong

      Sobrang inggit mo ano?

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