Pacquiao training at torrid pace
Most boxers train hard for every fight – or at least tell the media that they do. But Manny Pacquiao is ramping things up to another level in his preparation for his third bout with Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12th.
The Filipino phenomenon has been hard at work training under veteran trainer Freddie Roach, to the point that he's going through sparring partners like tissue paper. Jorge Linzres, who had been training with Pacquiao for about three weeks, pulled out of sparring in order to focus on his fight for the World Boxing Council's lightweight title. Pacquiao's regular sparring partner, Ray Beltran, probably didn't want to be the sole punching bag for the fiery Pacquiao, so the camp brought in Zambian Olympian boxer Hastings Bwalya.
Bwalya is known to be a bit brash and boisterous, and he wasn't intimidated by Pacquiao's legendary pedigree. The Zambian boxer talked a good game before the sparring began, but he didn't have too much to say after two rounds – Pacquiao left him with a bloody nose and jaw. Beltran came back in for another four rounds, before Bwalya came in for two more.
Why is Pacquiao so motivated? It wasn't just Bwalya's trash talk. This fight is personal for Pacquiao after Marquez claimed that the judges "robbed" him of a victory the last time they met. This time, Pacquiao doesn't want the fight to end up in the hands of the judges – he's training for the knockout, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"He wants to be as big as he was against Miguel Cotto," conditioning coach Alex Ariza told the news source. Cotto was the last fighter that Pacquiao knocked out. "But Cotto was the equivalent of a linebacker, and Marquez is a free safety. I think he just wants to kill Marquez."
In fact, the Filipino fighter seems so focused that his coaches have had to slow him down.
"We're way ahead of where we usually are, like 75 to 80 percent of where we should be by fight night," Roach told the news source. "We're usually around 50 percent right now. I have to make sure we don't overdo it."
Boxing fans can see it all go down when they use Xoom to send their first money transfer to the Philippines, Latin America or the Caribbean. Qualifying transactions will get to see the fight free live on pay-per-view on November 12th. Those who complete their transactions before October 25th will be entered to win tickets to see the fight live in Las Vegas.