Oscar opens Big Bear, Wild Card still shut for Manny's training

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Posted at Nov 05 2008 12:59 PM | Updated as of Nov 08 2008 06:27 PM

Angelo Dundee, de la Hoya's training consultant, may be part of a change of strategy for his opponent, says Pacquiao.

While opponent Manny Pacquiao and his trainers are implementing a closed-door policy at Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, Oscar de la Hoya and his advisers have decided to open up his Big Bear training camp in Big Bear Lake, California, next week.

According to the invitation, "De la Hoya will host an open workout from his training camp in Big Bear where he is preparing for 'The Dream Match' against Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 6."

The media day, which will be open to interviews and photo sessions, is on Wednesday, November 12.

Roach and Pacquiao's other trainers, meanwhile, have prohibited fans and other outsiders from witnessng the World Boxing Council lightweight champ's training.

"Closed, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Monday to Friday until December 1st," a poster outside the gym said.

Team insider Ed de la Vega of Philboxing.com last week counted only 14 people present while Pacquiao was doing his routines.

"And, would you believe that myself and Miguel, the MPP photographer included, there were only 14 people present inside the gym while Pacquiao was training? All the rest were from the Team and there was no one there that is not connected in one way or another to the training camp. Wow!" he reported.

News of the Big Bear camp's first-ever media day came a week after legendary trainer of champions Angelo Dundee was picked as de la Hoya's training consultant to help another "dean", Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain.

Pacquiao himself said Tuesday that he does not mind de la Hoya's choice of Dundee, who has trained the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman.

“Maybe they couldn’t agree on certain things that’s why there are changes in their team,” he said in a Sportsnews.ph report.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao said he is now 10-20 percent short of attaining 100 percent for the megabuck clash with the Golden Boy.

“We’re just working on our stamina but actually I’m 80 to 90 percent. We just have to maintain it so I reach a hundred percent,” Pacquiao said during the teleconference from Los Angeles.

He said usual training starts 7 a.m., including sparring rounds with fighters that are close to six feet tall and weighing 160 pounds to approximate de la Hoya's build.

In fact, sparring mate Amir Khan of Britain, a lightweight silver medalist in the 2004 Athens Olympics, has described Pacquiao as "very fast, very explosive."

"Manny's in great shape -- very explosive, very fast, you don't know where his punches are coming from. He's got a good chance to beat Oscar," the 5' 11" Khan told the Los Angeles Times.

Khan is being trained by Roach at Wild Card. Roy Medina, abs-cbnNEWS.com