PACQUIAO SHORTS: Daily tidbits on Pacquiao, straight from the US
EVERY day until the much-anticipated Fight of the Century on May 2, 2015 (May 3 in Manila, Philippines) and its aftermath, INQUIRER.net will publish a series of Pacquiao Shorts, or exclusive trivia and photos on all things Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., straight from the INQUIRER team in the United States.
These Pacquiao Shorts are arranged from most recent to oldest and updated daily.
Pacquiao may have lost to Mayweather in a unanimous decision, but his fans were even more emboldened and adoring for their champion.
Finally, Fight Day. Pacquiao lost to Mayweather in a decision reached unanimously by judges but discussed in fervor by hardcore and casual boxing fans alike. The energy inside MGM Grand Garden Arena is electric from start to finish. After the fight, both boxers acknowledge the skill level and greatness of the other. However, social media is abuzz with varying–and heated–opinions.
At the final weigh-in a day before the bout, Pacquiao comes in at 145 pounds while Mayweather comes in at 146 pounds. Both are barely under 147 pounds, the maximum weight for the welterweight division.
MGM Grand is rearing to play host to the Fight of the Century. Pacquiao spends the day training and attending Bible study with his family.
Pacquiao and Mayweather once again meet face to face in their last joint press conference, exchanging smiles and words of confidence instead of mitts just three days before the big day.
Las Vegas, the City of Lights, officially welcomes Pacquiao and Mayweather in grand arrival ceremonies at Mandalay Bay for the Filipino and MGM Grand for the American.
Pacquiao trains one last time at Wild Card gym before setting off to Las Vegas and checking in at the Delano Las Vegas hotel. Mayweather, too, is already in town, and it seems Sin City is just as excited as the rest of the world for the Fight of the Century.
The Pacquiaos spend together the last Sunday before the Fight of Century by attending Mass and receiving prayers from fellow church attendees, and by eating lunch at their favorite Thai restaurant.
April 24 to 26
High-profile members of Team Pacquiao continue to visit Wild Card gym in support of the Philippines’ Pambansang Kamao, including actors Mark Wahlberg and Cesar Montano, and Filipino-American beauty queens. Pacman the Jack Russell terrier also garners positive attention.
INQUIRER.net sports writer Mark Giongco arrives at Las Vegas and gives a first-hand account of what can be found both outside and inside Mayweather Boxing Club, even when its proud namesake is not around for training. Back in Hollywood, family and fans alike continue to flock to Pacquiao’s training grounds at Griffith Park and Wild Card gym.
Another celebrity makes a stand on the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Apl.d.ap, a rapper and one fourth of the group Black Eyed Peas, sides with his fellow Filipino not only figuratively but literally, as he is spotted training alongside the Philippines’ Pambansang Kamao early morning at Pan Pacific Park. Pacquiao also gets a visit from two fans with cerebral palsy, both of whom waited for about seven hours outside Wild Card Gym to see the boxer.
Pacquiao continues his rigorous training for the upcoming match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2. The “Pacmom,” Mommy Dionesia, and boyfriend Michael Yamson are seen leaving Wild Card Gym while Filipino boxer Gerry Peñalosa has a shirt autographed by the eight-division world boxing champion.
April 19 to 20
Sunday was spent with the Pacquiaos at their favorite Japanese restaurant, while Monday was extra special for the Filipino boxer: He awarded the winners of his weight-loss challenge up to $10,000 each.
Pacquiao finished an 8-kilometer run on the side of Mount Lee and the Santa Monica mountain range in less than a minute – an amazing time that led to the cancellation of the rest of his training for the day. While he trained, fans continued to show their unwavering support for the Philippines’ Pambansang Kamao.
The INQUIRER team in the US details in-depth a typical day in the Pacquiao household.
April 15 and 16
Mayweather and Pacquiao open their training camps to media on April 15 and 16, respectively, in what would be their last open sessions before total lockdown.
- Mayweather arrives late, holds media day before locking down camp
- Mayweather wears Philippine-inspired shirt during media workout
- Pacquiao holds media day workout
- Upbeat Pacquiao excites media
Pacquiao continues his intense training regimen at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
April 12 to 13
The INQUIRER team in the US accompanies Pacquiao during his regular training at Griffith Park and an event for his weight-loss contest. They also spend their Sunday, April 12, with Pacquiao and his family at his mansion in Los Angeles.
April 10 to 11
Even with less than a month before the Fight of the Century on May 2 (May 3 in Manila), Pacquiao makes sure to balance his work and personal lives. He starts his day training at Griffith Park, and ends the day with his family, usually in the arms of his youngest, baby Israel.
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