Pacquiao enters hardest phase of training

By Dennis Gasgonia,

Posted at Oct 14 2010 05:18 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2010 09:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao said he is entering the hardest part of his training for his November 13 fight against Mexican boxer Antonio Margarito.

In his column, "Kumbinasyon," Pacquiao said: “Patungo na rin sa pinakamatinding yugto ang training at paparami na ang bilang ng rounds sa sparring. (I’m going to the hardest part of training and my sparring rounds will be increasing)."

HIs coach, Freddie Roach, has prohibited the 7-division world champion from engaging in other activities outside of boxing.

Pacquiao has returned to Baguio City after joining the 10.10.10 Run for the Pasig River last Sunday and attending to his duties as congressman of Sarangani, activities which sidetracked his training.

The current World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion will be squaring off with Margarito for the World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight crown at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas.

The Tijuana Tornado is taller and wider than Pacquiao, which is why the Filipino is working on adding bulk to his 5’6” frame while keeping his trademark speed.

“Ang conditioning coach ko (Alex Ariza) naman ay abala sa pagbibigay sa akin ng mas mahirap na drills upang hindi mawala ang aking bilis habang pinalalaki ko ang aking katawan,” said Pacquiao.

(My conditioning coach is busy giving me harder drills that will maintain my speed while giving me additional weight.)

Pacquiao will be fighting Margarito in the biggest weight of his professional career. The two agreed to meet at the 151-pound catch-weight limit.

A victory over Margarito will give him an unprecedented 8th world title in 8 weight classes.

“Susubukan nating makamit ang ikawalong sinturon, ang WBC super-welterweight title kontra sa Mexicanong kalaban, na siya ring isa sa pinakamatangkad at pinakamalaking makakalaban ko mula pa noong ako ay magsimula,” said Pacquiao.

(We’ll try to win an eighth belt, the WBC super welterweight title, against my Mexican opponent, who is among my biggest and the most difficult foe since I started fighting).

Among the major titles Pacquiao has won in his storied boxing career are:

  • WBC flyweight;
  • International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight;
  • The Ring Magazine featherweight;
  • WBC super featherweight;
  • The Ring junior lightweight;
  • WBC lightweight;
  • The Ring junior welterweight;
  • WBO welterweight crowns.

Roach has already asked Pacquiao to stop his frequent trips to Manila and focus on training.

The boxing coach also requested the Filipino to stay away from basketball to avoid injuries.