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Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao arrived at LAX International tonight aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 102 where he, trainer Freddie Roach and the rest of Team Pacquiao were greeted by throngs of fans and international media. Here’s what they had to say:
Manny Pacquiao: “No matter what Bradley says I still have the hunger to win. I had a great camp in the Philippines. No distractions at all. We are ready to step it up over the next four weeks at Wild Card. This is a big fight for me. I can’t wait for June 9.”
Freddie Roach: “Maybe Bradley should come over to the Wild Card and see how hard Manny works in the ring. No one works harder – no one – and Manny is not ready to give up his throne. Manny is so serious. He gave up playing basketball and that means a lot to him. He is a serious, dedicated athlete going into a very big fight. Now we do our finishing training at the Wild Card. I promise you Manny will shoot the works when he faces Bradley.”
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) will begin his four-week U.S. training camp, on Monday, May 7, at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. He will be defending his WBO welterweight championship crown against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) in a PPV showdown on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.