Arum happy with Pacquiao’s right hook

By Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines?Manny Pacquiao?s right hook exploded on Freddie Roach?s mitts with such impact that Bob Arum, watching intently at ringside, involuntarily blinked.

Then the venerable promoter smiled, satisfied with what he saw at the Shape-Up Gym of the Cooyeesan Hotel here on Monday.

Although Pacquiao was just into the seventh day of his preparation for Shane Mosley, Arum declared: ?He can fight next week probably.?

The Filipino superstar won?t be dangling his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Mosley until May 7 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Arum, who minced no words criticizing Pacquiao early in his training camp for Antonio Margarito in 2010, was simply impressed by his fighter?s display of ring savvy and skill in Monday?s well-attended media day.

?He looks incredible,? said Arum. ?It?s amazing that this early, he looks terrific. Fantastic.?

The 79-year-old Arum, already enshrined in boxing?s Hall of Fame, said Pacquiao had all the reason to be energetic during the intense two-hour, 30-minute workout witnessed by Team Pacquiao members and supporters like Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson.

?[Pacquiao] is relaxed, happy, enjoying everything,? said Arum. ?I?m impressed with what Freddie has done in so short a time.?

Arum?s analytical eyes also noticed something different in Pacquiao?s fighting stance.

?The right hand,? said Arum, ?It will tell the story of his fight against Mosley.?

Arum, who flew in here with Singson after arriving in Manila from Las Vegas Monday morning, said that Pacquiao?s left has become known as his power hand, but it would be his right that Mosley should watch out for.

Arum will also visit Mosley?s training camp at Big Bear, California.

Early reports indicated that the three-time world champion is also working extremely hard in a bid to give Pacquiao a tough fight.

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