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Business as usual for Pacquiao even without Roach

Posted at | Updated as of 04/15/11 10:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- It’s business as usual for Manny Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles despite the absence of his boxing trainer, Freddie Roach.

Roach will be working the corner of Amir Khan when the British champion takes on Paul McCloskey this weekend.

“Gaya pa rin ng dati, tuloy-tuloy ang ensayo even without Freddie (Just like in the past, training goes on even without Freddie),” the Fighter of the Decade said in Philboxing.com.

Conditioning expert, Alex Ariza, has temporarily taken over Roach’s coaching duties as Pacquiao goes through the most crucial weeks of his preparations against Shane Mosley.

Aiding Ariza in preparing Pacquiao is co-trainer Buboy Fernandez.

“Although pahirap nang pahirap ang training, parang madali rin kasi masaya kaming lahat dito (The training gets harder each day but it looked easy because of our camaraderie)," he said.

Pacquiao, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, said the secret of his good training is happiness within his team.

“There really is no substitute for happiness. Kapag masaya, gumagaan ang trabaho. At pag magaan ang trabaho, nagagawa lahat ng dapat gawin. So far there’s been no major hitches. Everything is going well,” he added.

(If you’re happy, everything seems so easy. And if the work’s easy, we accomplish everything we need to do.)

Pacquiao is scheduled to defend his title against Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Filipino champion said Roach has left them with a set of instructions that they would follow to the letter.

“Freddie has left instructions to Alex, Buboy and everybody, including me, how to go about the week’s program,” Pacquiao said. “Wala namang problema para hindi masunod ang mga 'yun (We have no problem following those instructions).”

Ariza said the directives left by Roach were meant to maintain Pacquiao in optimum condition.

“All I’ll do is follow all of Freddie’s strict instructions in order to maintain what we’ve attained so far in the past weeks of our training, which, I should say, has been very ideal,” the trainer said.

Ariza added that there are no distractions in Pacquiao’s camp.

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