Just another busy Sunday for Pacquiao


Manny Pacquiao. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

HOLLYWOOD—What was supposed to be a rest day  turned out to be another busy Sunday for Manny Pacquiao.

The eight-division world champion took a break from his training, fulfilling instead his spiritual, moral and familial obligations.

After the 8:30 a.m. Mass at Christ the King Church, Pacquiao attended his own Bible study session at The Palazzo, partook a late lunch, greeted his well-wishers, then played with his children late in the afternoon.

It was a schedule that would have zapped out ordinary mortals, but not Pacquiao, who’ll be staking his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao even seems to draw strength and inspiration from the novelty of his undertakings and the presence of his wife Jinkee and their four children at his home in the gated The Palazzo residences.

Though feeling famished, rubbing his stomach before the Bible study started, Pacquiao settled for a bottle of mineral water and enthusiastically took part in the proceeding conducted by preacher Jeric Soriano before close to a hundred adherents, including the PNP Servant of God choir.

Only after the session that began and closed with meaningful yet upbeat songs was over did Pacquiao retire to his room upstairs to eat with his family and close associates.

Pacquiao wolfed down the goat kilawin and adobo, which was later deep-fried, according to assistant trainer Nonoy Neri who doubles as the Fighter of the Decade’s personal chef.

After the hearty meal, Pacquiao spent quality time with Jimuel and Michael, who tinkered with their IPads, while Princess played with her Hello Kitty dolls and Queenie slept soundly.  Feeling invigorated, Pacquiao allowed Manila-based sportswriters to take pictures and field some questions.

According to Pacquiao, he eats what he wants and as much as he likes but is still certain of making the 147-pound limit in the official weigh-in on Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“I’m maybe at 150 (pounds) now,” said Pacquiao, using his fingers to circle his wrist and come up with the estimate. “Weight is never an issue for this fight.”

Team Pacquiao will officially conclude training camp at the Wild Card Gym with a four-round sparring session Monday afternoon, before motoring to Las Vegas in a convoy that includes the customized luxury Pacquiao bus  emblazoned with his image.

Pacquiao said his Bible studies never interfered with his training under the stewardship of Freddie Roach and Filipino assistants Buboy Fernandez and Neri, who revealed that he’ll be working Pacquiao’s corner for the first time with Roach, Fernandez and master cutman Miguel Diaz.

“You not only become relaxed, but also strong,” said Pacquiao.

Switching the topic back to his new passion and calling, Pacquiao said he’ll be professing his faith before a projected crowd of 20,000 at the glitzy city on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the fight with Bradley.

With his family by his side, Pacquiao will stay in the United States for another one week after the June 9 bout to shoot movie scenes with American actor Rob Schneider.

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  • cruel168

    Manny has divided his fans by entering in to politics and now by being “born again” and bible preaching former face busting, ruthless fighter. How can he reconcile the teachings in the bible not to hurt anybody and yet still fighting in the ring? Its all for a show…nobody in his right mind will believe you manny…enough!! retire for good..

    • lee1222

      Easy to reconcile. The Bible says he who does not work should not eat. Boxing is Manny’s day job. Plus, his opponent is also hard at work. It is in fact much more dangerous on Manny’s part if he doesn’t do his job. Clear as day. :-)

    • Kortes Vicente

      Yeah, many times, people confuse boxing to be a cruel thing. Not really so. First, that’s a sport . Second it’s a career , a job for an honest living. It doesn’t neccesarily contradict the Bible esp if the boxer does it without hatred to his opponent.
      What’s more dreadful actually here is the false claim as God’s servants. We see these all around us wearing sheep’s clothing but are actually ravening wolves. . Many Evangelist preach for money and really enrich themselves. Are these men mouthfilled with chapter and verses with bulging purses from Church collections/ revenues called of God? I strongly believe it isn’t so. This, Manny should be very much careful of. His boxing as a career could be more tolerable .
      If He is genuinely God’s servant that’s fine for God can chose His servants whoever He wants, learned or not.

    • James

      Jealous eh..? Manny will earn around $50 million more before he retires, what about you P5,000..? shut up. !

      • cruel168

        No I am not jealous james, my point is manny will earn say $50 million and he’s just fooling many boxing fans. The fight with bradley is pre-arranged to fool an idiot like you.

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    • openopinons

      It’s the same God. 

      • James

        nah,,! BAs dont worship stones and dead saints…Pope is Gay*..

      • mhertz

        nah!!! You sounded to be just another lost sheep full of empty boasting and bragging. Don’t even call yourself a Christian coz’ you don’t act like one.

    • mhertz

      Attending mass is different from bible study although he should join the Catholic bible study. As not to confuse himself from variation in interpreting the bible.

      • James

        What is a catholic bible study? do they use real bible or FAKE bible?

      • mhertz

        It’s neither real nor fake. It is Holy Bible that has imprimatur by Catholic Bishop and not just a bible of any kind of translation or omitted scriptures by the one’s who wanted to create their own religion.

    • James Dimos

      because you’re a hypocrite thats it! you already know the answer before you asked the question SATAN!

    • James

      becoz pacman is slowly learning that catholics are fakes..!

  • Night

    GO MANNY!!!

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