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Roach closes Wild Card doors for Pacquiao training


Freddie Roach: Close door training from now on.

HOLLYWOOD—Freddie Roach may be happy with the way Manny Pacquiao has been training, but the uninvited throng sneaking into the sweaty Wild Card Gym here during the afternoon sessions has frayed his nerves.

Roach has now ordered security chief, Rob Peters, to enforce a closed-door order on Saturday afternoon when Pacquiao spars for the penultimate time before wrapping up training camp and motoring to Las Vegas on Monday.

“I’m sorry guys,” Peters told Manila-based sportswriters over dinner at Nat’s Thai restaurant, around 30 meters across the famed gym. “There were so many people and hangers-on last Thursday that he (Freddie) was pissed off. He didn’t want a repeat of such situation.”

This was confirmed by publicist Fred Sternburg, who relayed to select Filipino reporters that the Thursday crowd was even bigger than when Pacquiao hosted the media on Wednesday.

If any consolation, Peters said the doors would be opened to the public and journalists as soon as Pacquiao’s sparring is over.

Pacquiao is into the tapering phase of his preparations for his fourth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Arena, but Roach still wants no distractions if possible.

Earlier reports had it that Pacquiao was so intense in his training that he posted a total of four knockdowns against his sparmates, including unbeaten welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (13 wins with 10 knockouts), since his arrival in Los Angeles on Oct. 29.

A video posted on YouTube two weeks ago featured a ripped Marquez also knocking down a sparring partner.
Though the knockdowns would cost Roach $4,000 in friendly wager with Pacquiao, the Hall of Fame trainer doesn’t mind a bit.

Roach wants the old Pacquiao—fiery, aggressive and relentless—back  against Marquez.

With Pacquiao coming off an unexpected loss to unbeaten American Timothy Bradley in June, Roach sees a knockout win by Pacquiao as a form of vindication.

According to Cebu-based promoter and Pacquiao confidant  Rex “Wakee” Salud, who arrived here on Friday evening (Saturday in Manila), he’d never seen the eight-division world champion so “focused” in training for a long time. “Even when he started his physical buildup back home in Gen. Santos City.”

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Tags: Boxing , Freddie Roach , Manny Pacquiao , Wild Card Gym

  • INQ_reader

    From promoter Arum’s point-of-view, Pacquiao should win. Therefore, I bet on Pacquiao, not entirely based on his skills. Anyway, judge’s decisions could be manipulated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenian.castro Kenian Castro

    @joshua kings…..Asussss, eh di wag ka manuod!!! kunwari ka pa,,, nakikibalita ka nga dito sa net kung ano update kay pacquiao… baka mamaya nyan…nasa frontseat ka pa…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H5ZVFES445VO24QMPAOTT6TEMY Patrick Gerardo

    Another publicity? It remains to be shown in the ring come fight night. For the past three years, everytime na lalaban si Pac, ang sinasabi “in superb form daw siya”. At pagkatapos ng laban nanalo man o natalo maglalabasan na ang mga excuses. Still, I root for the Pacman. Make us proud again!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SO6F7V6DUFYRNFCNHNL2NJIYIA Peligro

    it doesn’t change anything. still marquez by KO!

  • joshua kings

    manonood ka ba? ako hindi…
    nawalan na ako ng tiwala kay pacquiao pagkatapos nung laban niya kay bradley…

    • boyod

      bakit innunsyo mo pa kung hindi ka manood, ano ka sikat at bakit hindi ba matuloy ang boxing kung hindi ka manuod. hoy chong mangisay ka!

    • dadomakapal

      si mayk arroyo at cong singson di rin nanuod! lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/rsantolin55 Ramon Antolin

       cguro bulag k kya hndi mo alam kng cno ang talo at panalo! d wag k manood! hndi k kwalan tsong! hehe!

  • ben enca

    Mag beer muna tayo!

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