Sinusitis downs Pacquiao

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 06 2010 11:41 PM | Updated as of Oct 07 2010 09:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao temporarily stopped training on Wednesday after suffering from sinusitis.

His boxing coach, Freddie Roach, ordered the prized fighter of the Philippines to take a break to help him recover.

Roach said Pacquiao will resume training once he recovers from sinusitis.

Among the symptoms of sinusitis are stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, coughing, headache, and pain in the eyes and nose.

Roach is confident that the illness won’t affect their preparations for Pacquiao’s November 13 fight in Texas.

The reigning pound-for-pound king is set to fight Mexican Antonio Margarito at the Cowboys Stadium for the World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title.

Pacquiao has already had several sparring sessions in Baguio City.

Among his current sparring mates are Margarito "clones” Glen Tapia of the US and Michael Medina of Mexico. The two mimick Margarito’s moves inside the ring to help the Filipino prepare against his taller opponent.

Also set to arrive in the Philippines to spar with Pacquiao are British-based boxer Amir Khan, and another Mexican, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.