Pacquiao starts sparring for the first time at Wild Card

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Manny  Pacquiao’s fitness and readiness to fight will be tested when he plunges into sparring for the first time at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood Wednesday.

Tasked by chief trainer Freddie Roach to give Pacquiao a good six-round workout are Mexican Raymund Beltran and Russian Ruslan Provodnikov.

Both are familiar ring partners with the 31-year-old Beltran having sparred with Pacquiao since 2004. Provodnikov, 22-1 with 15 knockouts served as Pacquiao’s main sparmate in his preparations for Timothy Bradley early this year.

Actually, Pacquiao has sparred with Filipino prospect Anthony “Rocky” Marcial in Gen. Santos City, where he decided to hold the early part of his training for a fourth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8.

Pacquiao arrived in Los Angeles Saturday night, rested on Sunday, then hit the road in the company of brother Bobby and some Team Pacquiao members early Monday at Griffith Park. He also did strength and abdominal exercises with Filipino trainers Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri, according to Philboxing reports.

The Fighter of the Decade finally went to Wild Card in the afternoon, sweated it out through gym work and then did punch mitts with Roach.

Though Pacquiao looks physically prepared, Roach wants to find out whether the vaulted hand and foot speed of his prized ward is back.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VKSCIGD4OO3N527JWHTYH6Z3MA Gregorio

    Marquez was back pedaling in the third fight. I hope he is not in the fourth. Otherwise, it will be another boring fight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1416976756 Noel N. Tolentino

    just for the money……manny’s boxing skills, talent and phenomenon are there but its history. nothing to prove….just for the money and circus.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2JVSEXTMANAEZGLOSZGWJYW67Q Jess

    May manonood pa ba nito? Pang apat nang laban, the same old protagonists. Kung manalo si Manny this is a new energy for his ambition to fight Mayweather. If he loses, better just retire and become a congressman. Hindi ako bilib sa mga preparations ngayon ni Manny. Late na siya, barely a month to go before 8 December. Magpapatalo na yata si Manny,

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YL4RASN5BIACUA5A3PVA4BPFBE Rey B.

     This is the last fight for Pacquiao…..end of his career in boxing.  He will kiss the canvass soon.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YL4RASN5BIACUA5A3PVA4BPFBE Rey B.

    This is the last fight for Pacquiao…..end of his career in boxing.  He will kiss the canvass soon.

  • azkal futbol

    me thrilled bang manonood? two washed-out, aged fighters already past their prime… loud talks and predictions, no good results…

  • Philcor

    Marquez started training much much earlier than Money Pukyaw. We might see Pukyaw kissing the floor manny manny times…

  • akramgolteb

    Start pa lang siya, Dec 8 na ang laban?Kadalasan 8 weeks training ginagawa niya. Training under Fernandez & Neri hindi considered training kasi kayakayanan ni Pacquiao si Fernandez. Hindi nila kaya mandahan si Pacquiao. Makikita na lang natin ang resulta sa 8 Dec, ito na ang wakas.

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