By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao worked out at the Wild Card Fitness Gym in Paranaque on Friday afternoon in front of a sizeable crowd that was there from beginning to end. While the training was light and easy, Pacquiao looked very excited to be at the gym and said he is looking forward to the training camp that will start Monday in Baguio.
Pacquiao plans to train there for four or five weeks for the Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. “I feel very good and I am looking forward to Baguio,” said Pacquiao.
Trainer Freddie Roach is set to follow Pacquiao next week, while Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, is scheduled to make a visit beginning Oct. 1.
Pacquiao arrived from a grueling five-city press tour of key US cities and Puerto Rico last Thursday and was on the road after he jumped out of the Philippine Airlines jet that flew him from Los Angeles to Manila.
Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser, also feels the adrenaline pumping. “He’s into training mode now,” said Koncz. “He’s been talking about the fight more often now whenever we are driving to some place.”
Pacquiao arrived on board a black Hummer and he even hosted lunch for some guys who were there to see him train.
Roger Fernandez, brother of Pacquiao’s friend and longtime training assistant Buboy Fernandez, was present to help out Pacquiao in his needs at the Wild Card.
TV Boxing analyst Moy Lainez said “Pacquiao appears to be right on track.”
Pacquiao travels to Baguio on board a private plane on Sunday morning.
Buboy Fernandez is already in Baguio eagerly awaiting the arrival of his boss.
“We are ready to start training. We’re all set to go,” said Fernandez.