Pacquiao excited and ready to rumble


MANNY Pacquiao throws a left at trainer Freddie Roach in Monday’s final mitts session at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. ROY LUARCA

HOLLYWOOD—Manny Pacquiao gave a privileged few a preview of what to expect in his Dec. 8 (Dec. 9 in Manila) showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez.

He was on attack mode in four rounds of sparring, hitting chief trainer Freddie Roach with some hurting punches during their mitts session that officially closed his training camp Monday at Wild Card Gym here.

Roach said it was the hardest punches he’d ever received from Pacquiao, who admitted he put on a show for his fans and friends before leaving for Las Vegas late Monday afternoon.

“I was trying to give a sample (of what I’d do against Marquez),” said a grinning Pacquiao. “I intend to attack him, pressure him. I’m excited and ready to fight. Ready to Rumble.”

While he’s bent on silencing Marquez via a stoppage, Pacquiao said he’s also prepared to go the distance (12 rounds).

“It’s all in God’s hands,” said Pacquiao. I’m just thankful that I feel strong and God gives me the strength through the years.”

Pacquiao reminisced his early lean years in boxing, with brothers and former world champions Gerry and Dodie Boy Peñalosa listening, as he did abdominal exercises.

“It’s been 15 years and I never thought that I would reach this far,” said Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion and honored as Fighter of the Decade, in Filipino.

Asked what made this training camp different, Pacquiao said he took on a more direct role in strategizing the fight against Marquez.

“I’m the one who’s suggesting (to Roach),” said Pacquiao, adding that there were no distractions, only more inspirations this time.

Present at the mitts session was 7-foot-1 Ronnie Aguilar, who got waived by the Los Angeles Lakers and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

The 31-year-old Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran who won a seat in Hawaii’s state legislature at age 21, was endorsed by Pacquiao, himself a congressman from Sarangani.

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  • Lemuel Vargas

    Go, go, Pacman!! Go with your signature volume punching (in which for every 1 punch of your opponent, you strike 3 punches) and lateral movement (side to side movement) and make Marquez’ face puff up as you made Cottos’ face puff up!! And let us see how Marquez would deal with that..

  • My_Behind

    Ok sanang kumampi pa sayo kaya lang naging trapo ka.

  • John_Galt_II

    Kahit pukpukin mo ng biblia mo si Marquez hindi ka na mananalo. Malaki na ang sayad mo Boy Toyo.

  • Summerspice

    If he wins it would be nice if he will donate the money to the recent victims of the typhoon in Mindanao.

  • ThePattern

    another useless congressman.

  • Summerspice

    How can he concentrate with legislative work when he is so busy with boxing?

    • Mario

       He’s bloody ignoramus as far as legislature is concerned.

  • Mario

    I’ve had enough of this Pacquiao !!!


    “Pacquiao said he’s also prepared to go the distance (12 rounds).”
    Yeah, and also be prepared to go for Marquez -Pacquiao V!

    Knock Marquez out if you want to prove that you are the best.

    • Mar Lansangan

       you didn’t got the line,Babe…Pacquiao said “He’s bent on silencing Marquez via stoppage…while Marquez also prepared to go to the distance (12 rounds) to claim he wins or rob again….Marquez claimed he won those 3 fights cause he went to the distance (12 rounds).

  • kimo211

    manalo  ka  sana  manny,,,karangalan  ka  nang  ating  bayan,,,,pupusta  lang  ako,,,pag  malaman  ko  kong  papaano  pupusta  si  singson…….  Good  luck  manny.

  • southernsons

    i’m not buying it.

    • Rabadaba

      it’s not for sale

    • Jun Separa

      and its not cheap too

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