‘Transformation’ of Pacquiao leaves Arum impressed


From lethargic to terrific, says Arum of Pacquiao in training. AP Photo

MANILA, Philippines — From lethargic to terrific.

That’s the amazing transformation Manny Pacquiao underwent in a few days, according to revered promoter Bob Arum, who saw it unfold at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

“The first time I saw him, he looked a little bit sluggish, like he didn’t want to be there,” Arum told Brad Cooney of “It must have been because it was only a few days after arriving from the Philippines.”

Pacquiao, who’s preparing for his fourth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8, reported for training camp under Freddie Roach in Los Angeles on Oct. 27.

Arum saw Pacquiao’s first sparring on Oct. 30 and wasn’t impressed, but the 80-year-old Hall of Famer knew he needed to return before giving out a verdict.

Take Two was different altogether.

“The second time I saw him, he looked terrific, just sensational,” Arum said. “Pacquiao is bound and determined to knock Marquez out, and Marquez is determined to knock Manny out. That’s what makes this an exciting fight.”

Pacquiao, however, believes Marquez isn’t going to bring the fight to him.

“He’s going to fight me the same way he always has,” Pacquiao told “I will be the aggressor in this fight. It’s critical.” Roy Luarca

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  • Allan

    Just be proud Guys,no Fiipino athlete has reach the fame and stardom of Pacquiao in the world of sports and we should be proud of it, because of him we are recognized all over the world not as peasant/Helper/DH or call it whatever you want, but somebody who can kick a butt out. Let us leave that crab mentality and just be proud. It won’t help and in the end we are still a Filipino, let us not be unattached of being patriotic to our homeland ” The PHILIPPINES” and to people like Pacquiao who represent us among minorities in the world of Sport. I will not disagree with you if you say about the politics in the Phils because it is really a trash.Except for Pres. Aquino who is lesser  evil among Phil., President but who among us has no flawed, raise your hand and i will feed you to a shark…

  • joshua kings

    si arum oh, hype na naman….
    this time, lugi si arum sa laban na ito at sa mga susunod pang laban ng bata niyang laos na…

  • Boying

    Lagi na lang ganito puro hype kay pacman pag dating sa laban lagi naman bugbog sarado ni Marquez. Hay buhay……

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