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Pacquiao sparring impresses Barrera


WATCHED by a worthy former adversary, Manny Pacquiao put on a show in his training camp on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

Mexican ring legend Marco “Antonio” Barrera, a three-division world champion who was twice beaten by Pacquiao, was impressed as the Filipino icon battered three sparring partners—two Russians and Mexican Ray Beltran—over eight rounds then did all the routine work and exercises totaling 24 rounds.

Interviewed by Chino Trinidad on GMA’s 24 Oras, Barrera said Pacquiao looks stronger and appears ready to regain his status as pound-for-pound king.

Chief trainer Freddie Roach was satisfied with Pacquiao’s performance in his preparation for his fourth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Roach said it was Pacquiao’s “best day so far” since reporting for training camp on Oct. 29.

Also present at Wild Card were WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria and prospect Drian Francisco.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    sa bahay na lang kayo manood sayang ang pera…..laos na ang bata natin…pera pera na lang yan para sa election next yr……

    • joshua kings

      korek ka dyan, kabyqn, pera pera na lang yan…  pacing naman ngayon daw si pakyaw…hehehe…lokohin mo lelong mong panot…pacing ha..eh kasi nga matanda ka na, 34 ka na…humihingal ka na…haay naku…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VBIZ5ZTCHCIQ7PILRDPH5EWWMY Fernando

    In this fourth fight with Marquez, Pacquiao has a lot at stake. If we recall to memory their first fight, Pacquiao was not able to finish Marquez. Instead, Marquez gained momentum in the last rounds and almost defeated Pacquiao. The second fight was a draw but Marquez complained he was robbed of a victory. The third fight was clearly Marquez’ bvut the referees sided with Pacquiao. Marquez complained that he was robbed again.

    Unless Pacquiao knocks out Marquez, he can not claim real convincing victory.

    And what is Marco Antonio Barrera doing watching Pacquiao sparring? Remember Barrera and Marquez are Mexicans. Barrera might see some weakness in Pacquiao and tell Marquez about it.

    • PHtaxpayer

      I dunno about the 3rd fight was “clearly” JMM…it will only be clear if he knocked him down, hurt or out-punched Pacquiao, which was CLEARLY not the case.

      As for the “spying before the fight” risk, you think after 3 fights, Pacquiao still has any secrets that JMM needs to know??  LOL

      IMO, it’s Team Pacquiao’s way to promote the fight and make Team JMM worry.  It’s psychological warfare.  Team Pacquiao if obviously very confident and in boxing, confidence is everything.

    • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.peralta.71653 Christopher Peralta

      Let me just correct your recollection…The first fight is a draw and Pacquiao was robbed of a victory… The second fight is a win by Pacquiao by split decision and Marquez complained that he too was robbed of  his victory and belt…So a third  fight was needed to settle the score…and Pacquiao won in a not so convincing manner. Ergo, the 4th fight!In this fight, if there will be no knockout (not knockdown)…do we see a 5th match?

      BEST OF FIVE??? 

    • kimo211

      mexican are  mexican,,,please  don,t  compare  them  to  us(pinoy).  just stick  to  our  own  and  personal thinking…

    • joshua kings

      fernando, mali ka sa pananaw mo tungkol kay barrera…si barrera, binayaran ni bob arum para kunyari manood ng traiining at tapos interview siya at sasabihin yung sinabi niya…
      hina-HYPE lang ni bob arum yan para mag-generate ng interest sa labang ito na mukhang lalangawin sa takilya aka PPV…getzmo?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rey-Orcullo/100001436761849 Rey Orcullo

    magsontokan nalang kaya tayo dito…sinong may gusto masipa ko????????????????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FMILZVJMPLRYOGFXL6PPNEVS24 Mike Arroyo

    Ang gagaling niyo mag-comment ha. Kayo na ang mag-boxing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jose-Minano/1227188605 Jose Minano

    Same thing was said for the Marquez fight back in Nov. 

    Best training camp ever
    I’ve never seen Pacquiao so Focused…

    • Philcor

      …and then we will see again come fight time that pakyaw’s mind is soo lost in space….he forgets that he’s in the ring, much likened to a pupil who thinks ahead of recess time, and what candy to buy, instead of focusing on his lessons…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynan-Loli/100001953580296 Reynan Loli

      In your opinion i totally agree for the first time! 
      Pacquiao is not the same in his old days! 
      Lately he always pray his opponent that no one hurt badly! Ridicolously, its boxing!

  • JustKnight

    Pac lost the FIRE in him and that is a very serious handicap! If he want to win he needs to work really hard on his mind conditioning. His mind been saturated with so many things far off from boxing which is very frustrating to watch if you are a boxing fans. Boxing demands VIOLENCE, CRUELTY, BRUTALITY, RUTHLESSNESS, ANGER & DEDICATION! Being kind and friendly is a good thing but this is BOXING for heavens sake! So BRING OUT the fire and don’t disappoint the fans!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ceazar.sevilla Ceazar Sevilla

      He lost the fire since he lost his cause already.  His reason for doing best in boxing was for him to get rich and famous.  And he has achieved more than what he asks already.  Yet greed and unending desire for money keeps him still in the ring.  Most high profile boxers are boxers with boxing in mind, PAC has a lot more, he’s into politics, business, actor, singer (even if it breaks my eardrums), and into religion.  WTF, you can’t go inside the ring and think not to hurt your opponent because the BIBLE says not to hurt other people.

      • PHtaxpayer

        Uh, many famous military leaders throughout history were very religious before they led men into battle.  Pacquiao is not saying anything new or different.

        I think you do not understand what Pacquiao is saying.  He is no different from those other successful military leaders who prayed before going out and killing and hurting people.  It doens’t mean you won’t do your job as a fighter, boxer or soldier if you believe in the Bible.  Fyi, the Bible is full of God’s people killing other people… I don’t want to educate you about the Bible…you should try to educate yourself more about what Pacquiao is saying cuz you do not understand his message.

      • younglover143

         yah, i agree with you..if that’s the case, he better retire from boxing so that he can’t hurt nobody.

    • PHtaxpayer

      I think you do not understand what boxing is…its a sport, like most other international sports except that you are actually trying to knock out or hurt your opponent.  But it does not require that you get ANGRY or hate your opponent.  You do not know how professional world-class athletes act also, they can be the most gentle, kind, quiet and easy-going people, seemingly like ordinary citizens, but put on their helmet, step into a ring, wear their gloves or put on their uniform, they are suddenly transformed to a different animal.

      I think most people do not understand what sports is, much less what it takes to become a world-class professional athlete.  This is not showbiz or the movies.  Pacquiao is the real deal.  He’s not a fighter-promoter like Mayweather or De la Hoya.  But he is also no different to other world-class professional athletes who walks the walk, not just talk the talk.

      Ever heard the saying “what is power without control?”  Pacquiao controls his power through his spiritualism.  Nothing new actually.

  • JustKnight

    He lost the fire in him and that is a very serious handicap! If he wants to win he needs to work really hard on his mind conditioning..His mind been saturated with so many others things far off from boxing & that’s frustrating to the fans as well. Boxing demands BRUTALITY, RUTHLESSNESS, ANGER & DEDICATION. Being kind and friendly is a good thing but this is BOXING for heavens sake! Don’t disappoint the FANS and bring out the FIRE!

    • PHtaxpayer

      I disagree.  Pacquiao is like F1′s Kimi Raikonnen, the Iceman, cuz he never loses his cool.  Boxing is controlled aggression and because Pacquiao has matured, he takes less risk than when he was going up the ranks towards the bigtime.   But I know what you mean about not disappointing the fans.  I was disappointed too from his last couple of fights but I can’t blame him at all.  He is still a winner imo and I will not miss watching this fight.

  • Philcor

    magaling ka man sa sparring, tatamad-tamad ka rin sa tunay mong laban katulad ng pinakita mo sa previous fights mo kay mosley, jmm, at bradley…at kakampi mo rin ang mafia ng boxing na siguradong lutong-luto na ang resulta….that is why jmm is determined to knock you out. Unless lang kung ipapanalo ka na naman ng mga judges kahit ikaw ay tumba na…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Dee/100003034058493 Tony Dee

       Translation: You might be good in sparring but you are so lazy in real fights just like what you showed against Mosley, JMM, and Bradley… and the boxing mafia is on your side so expect the result to be fixed in your favor…. that is why JMM is determined to knock you out. Unless of course the judges again will favor you even if you are down…

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