'Longer training time in LA beneficial to Pacquiao'


Posted at Oct 31 2012 11:05 PM | Updated as of Nov 01 2012 06:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Conditioning coach Alex Ariza said Manny Pacquiao’s longer training time in Los Angeles will benefit the Filipino boxer as he prepares for his fourth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao typically spends four to five weeks of training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles before his fights.

This time, the fighting congressman has allotted six weeks, allowing his strength coach to further work on his conditioning.

“Any time you're in one spot and there's a longer period of consistency, I think it's always going to benefit you,” Ariza told ABS-CBN North America News Bureau’s Steve Angeles.

“It'll give us time to get in here, get acclimated and maintain a certain output,” he added.

With extra two weeks of stateside training, Pacquiao's team believes the potential effects of any climate change, overtraining or fatigue will have less impact on Pacquiao. This, they said, will make him even more battle ready come fight night.

The fighting congressman actually kicked off his training in his hometown in General Santos City before flying to Los Angeles over the weekend. – With a report from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau