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Pacquiao learns to pace himself

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MANNY PACQUIAO. AP FILE PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao has finally realized the value of moderation.

Unlike before, when he trained with wild abandon and pushed himself to exhaustion, Pacquiao now listens to what his body says.

Entering the crucial phase of preparation for his fourth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8, Pacquiao has learned to turn the switch off for the day to give his 33-year-old body time to recuperate for tougher grinds ahead of the welterweight pay-per-view battle at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

“Before, it was always heavy training for me every day—morning and afternoon,” Pacquiao told GMA-7’s Chino Trinidad on Sunday (Monday in Manila) in Hollywood. “Now, I’ve learned to pace myself.”

Pacquiao no longer asks trainer Freddie Roach for more rounds with the mitts and for other training regimen when he feels his body can’t take any more pounding.

But when he’s in-sync, of course, Pacquiao reverts to his old training ways—without letup—at Roach’s Wild Card Gym.

While he has temporarily abandoned playing basketball these days, Pacquiao can’t ignore the opportunity to shoot balls with NBA Hall of Famers and Olympic gold medalists Charles Barkley, now a noted NBA analyst, and former superstar Reggie Miller on Monday.

The 47-year-old Miller, the TNT network commentator for the NBA, even joined Pacquiao in his early-morning run at Griffith Park in Hollywood, according to a TMZ report.

Asked about their playground shoot-out, Miller said Pacquiao definitely got game. “Not only is he the man in the ring, but he’s got an awesome jump shot too.”


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WN5TKEXEJ2VHQVNGP2CJEDLJH4 Jess

    My UNSOLICITED ADVICE TO PACMAN, Don’t be aggressive this time. Marquez is a known counter puncher, so if you don’t attack him, he will be compelled to attack you, sira ang pinaghandaan niya. Kaya ang paghandaan mo ay paano mo siya i-ka counter punch. Hayaan mo lang kung ayaw niya kumilos, siya ang mawawalan hindi ikaw, remember gusto niyan makuha ang title mo bilang pound for pound king. This way, tabla manalo ka.

  • pedronimo

    Is it treason to hope that Marquez knocks the political indiscretions out of Pacquiao so our country shall win?

  • http://twitter.com/JoeThug Joe Thug

    signs..

  • bugoybanggers

    Maganda ang pustahan nito sa laban ni P&M. Ayos kahit papano mahahati na ang tao, maganda dahil may pambato na ang tunay na pera. Hehehe, boxing? Pustahan talaga, kaya  yung mga mananaya ihanda na ninyo ang inyong SAHOD o kita sa isang BUWAN. Wag na munang bumili ng para sa PAMILYA.. unahin mo na ang SUGAL. Naku! mag aaway na naman si Mrs. at si Mr.

  • Ronnie John

    Manny still got it. Matatapang taga mindanao. I believe in you. Don’t listen to the unhappy haters. Rest properly and yup knock marquez out, then invite him to your birthday party.

    • joshua kings

      niregaluhan din ng relo ito, hehehehe…

  • Trollollolloll

    ANG MASAYA KUNG MAGING DRAW ANG RESULTA NG LABAN!

    • bugoybanggers

      Na naman? Baka re match na naman ang mangyayari? hanggang ilang rematch kaya?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/S3RLPHJC22IWKZ5BKT2HK6MNV4 Ashfaq Ahmed

        dapat up to 30 rounds ang laban, para walang draw.. hanggat walang bumabagsak, tuloy ang laban..

  • regd

    Mahina na si Freddie, damay pati utak nya dahil sa kapansanan nito. Madadamay strategy nila laban ke JMM or kahit na sinong opponent. Manny should hire Michael Moorer back. With Moorer, he slice Hatton to pieces in just 2nd round. Why? Because Moorer see’s what Freddie & Manny cannot see on all sides. I’ve seen the video how Moorer train Manny, Because of Freddie’s ego, he let the guy go. 

    After Moorer’s departure, with the exception of Cotto, Manny’s performance went downhill.

  • droccu

    In short…he’s getting old already…

  • PeteJrfern

    ganyan hinay hinay lang pag training. todo mo sa laban.



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