By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao showed up at a local gym in the Philippines on Friday afternoon in preparation for his Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao, who arrived in Manila on Thursday morning after a tiring five-city publicity tour, trained for a little over an hour and he complained of the heat inside the Wild Card Fitness Gym in Paranaque. Still, Pacquiao made quite an impression as the fellow who was tasked to handle the mitts later confessed that he’d never felt a punch so strong. “His jab is just like the best punch of my welterweight boxer,” said Ericson Asilo. Trainer Freddie Roach will arrive in the Philippines next week to hook up with Pacquiuao in Baguio. Pacquiao, meanwhile, is leaving for Baguio on board a private plane on Sunday morning in time for the start of his eight-week training camp on Monday. Pacquiao will train at the Cooyeesan Hotel, which also houses a well-equipped gym that the pound-for-pound fighter will use for four to five weeks. Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s long-time training assistant, is already in Baguio and is excited to begin training camp.
“Everything is all ready,” said Fernandez.