MANILA, Philippines – Eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao kicked off his preparations for his May 7 fight against former world champion, “Sugar” Shane Mosley.
The "fighting congressman" of Sarangani is currently in his hometown in General Santos City doing stamina work by playing his favorite sport, basketball.
“[I do] Stretching, basketball warm up, jogging... para [sa] stamina,” Pacquiao said.
His co-trainer and best-friend, Buboy Fernandez, said this is just the first phase of Pacquiao’s stamina work.
The real training will start in Baguio City.
“Ngayon first day natin… Dadahan dahanin natin, hindi natin bibiglain,” said Fernandez.
Pacquiao will be staking his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against the aging Mosley in Las Vegas.
The Filipino superstar will stay in General Santos City until March 12. He will start his training camp in Baguio City on March 13 He will be joined there by his boxing coach, Freddie Roach.
After more than three weeks in Baguio, Pacquiao will fly to Los Angeles on April 9 to continue training in Roach’s Wild Card Gym.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, said he is planning to get a hair cut.
He said his hair style, which some say resembles that of pop superstar Justin Bieber's, is starting to bother him, especially when he plays basketball.
“Oo nga, eh, istorbo… Baka pagupitan ko na ito,” said Pacquiao. – With a report from Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN