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‘Pacman has long way to go’


BAGUIO CITY—There’s no shortcut back to top form for Manny Pacquiao.

After watching the eight-division world champion spar with Russians Ruslan Provodnikov and Rustam Nugaev yesterday, chief trainer Freddie Roach said there’s still a long way to go for Pacquiao to be ready to defend his WBO welterweight crown against Timothy Bradley on June 9.

“We’re not yet at 50 percent, not even close,” Roach told Manila-based sportswriters at the Shape Up gym of the Cooyeesan Hotel where Team Pacquiao is billeted here.

“He’s not peaking yet, but I’m happy where we are. We have all the time.

Tangling with the burly Provodnikov for four rounds, Pacquiao unleashed solid combinations late in the second and early in the fourth round to the delight of  over a hundred spectators which included his wife Jinkee, her twin sister Janet and singer Sitti.

Provodnikov, however, was no pushover, gamely trading punches and also landed some good shots on Pacquiao.

While Provodnikov was tapped to mimic Bradley’s attacking style, Nugaev was inserted for two rounds to gauge Pacquiao’s speed and sharpen his range.

Nugaev, a rangy 5-foot-10 lightweight who had sparred with Pacquiao in his preparations for Erik Morales and Oscar Larios, also acquitted himself well, trading swift punches and moving around the ring.

“He’s smarter now, with more experience and more power,” said the 29-year-old Nugaev who holds a 22-win, 6-loss, 1-draw record with 12 knockouts. “The speed is still the same.”

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  • PHtaxpayer

    No way Bradley is gonna win.  You guys don’t know Pacquiao.  Manny will KO him before the 8th round unless Bradley runs like Mosley or hides like Clottey.

  • les21reago

     READ my LIPS of ROACH…No doubt, something is on the DECLINED and could be missing by then…The FACT is there > Nothing Last Forever?

  • muddygoose

    Last few fights were lame. Could’ve beaten Marquez, but did not appear to have tried hard enough. Maybe the conditioning just was not there. I wish that Pac would just resign and dedicate his time to supporting other Filipino boxers and athletes. I’m not sure how he is as a politician, but I never liked having people in office only on the basis of their popularity.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TCQMRK4HVOSF2IGML46TAGKMXU Benjamin

    I dont want to say this but I’m afraid Pacman will lose this time.  You cannot have too many activities and indulge in boxing.  He’s a politician, a show biz man, a preacher and now training for his next fight.  He should be concentrating to only one if he wants to stay longer.  If he wants politics, then quit boxing and show business.  If he still likes boxing, then by God, stay out of politics, showbusiness and being a preacher.  You can be near to God by praying nightly but not preaching daily and attending to other activities.  Again, because of his many activities, his preparation will be a failure and Pacman, I hope not will suffer a humiliating defeat.  

  • Satu

    Pacquaio should choose between boxing and being a lawmaker.

    I dont want to see my country having a lawmaker whose primary occupation is being a boxer! Lawmaking and policy making shouldnt be a sideline! He should resign.

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