MANILA, Philippines – Olympic boxer Mark Anthony Barriga received some sound advice from Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao during his training for the upcoming 2012 London Games.
Speaking with The UK Telegraph, Barriga revealed he spent some time in Pacquiao’s MP Gym in Manila, where he got the chance to watch Pacquiao work.
“Every young boxer looks up to him,” Barriga said of Pacquiao. “He is so fast and so strong. He’s also very technically gifted.”
“I had the chance to attend one of his training sessions and that was an amazing experience for me. And from watching him in action, I really learned a lot,” he added.
Pacquiao also took the time to give advice to the 19-year-old boxer, who will compete in the light flyweight division.
“He just said, everything is about training, where you have to put your all-in,” Barriga related.
Pacquiao was the Philippines’ flag bearer in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Barriga said he is already looking forward to fighting reigning Olympic champion Zou Shiming, who defeated him in the AIBA World Championships in Azerbeijan last year.
“I might have lost, but I will now be much better prepared if I box against him again,” he said.