MANILA, Philippines – Despite having his “worst training camp” in Baguio City last year, Manny Pacquiao is reportedly planning to begin his preparations for the Shane Mosley fight in the “City of Pines”.
ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo reported that the 8-division world champion, who returned to the Philippines on Friday after spending the holidays abroad with his family, plans to divide his training time between Baguio City and Los Angeles.
Pacquiao will be facing Mosley on May 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.
The Filipino described the American as a volume puncher just like him.
“Si Mosley, marami sumuntok. Si Mosley, mas nakaka-alam siya ng boxing kesa sa ibang nakakalaban ko (Mosley throws a lot of punches. Mosley knows more about boxing than my other opponents),” said Pacquiao.
However, Pacquiao's planned Baguio training might not sit well with his head trainer, Freddie Roach.
Roach earlier said that he does not want to train Pacquiao in Baguio again because of the distractions they had while they were preparing against Mexican Antonio Margarito.
“We had maybe our worst training camp ever,” he said about the experience.
The trainer added that Mosley is someone they should not underestimate.
“I just need to get Manny to stop listening to those people who see that this will be an easy fight. That's the worst thing in the world that they could tell him,” Roach said.
The boxing trainer, who molded the Filipino champion from a one-dimensional boxer to a complete fighter, added that there’s no easy fight at Pacquiao’s level.
Vacation well spent
Pacquiao and his family arrived in Manila on Friday after spending their vacation in Japan and Australia.
His wife Jinkee said that it was their best vacation ever.
“Fun and unforgettable. Kasi ang bonding namin sobra sobra (We spent a lot of time bonding),” she said.
Pacquiao said it was one of the rare occasions he was able to spend quality time with his family.
The Filipino boxer had a busy year in 2010, juggling his time between boxing and his new career as Sarangani representative, having been elected as its lone congressman in May 2010.