- Dan Rafael, Boxing
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LAS VEGAS -- Right around the time Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto were throwing down in Saturday night's terrific fight, Manny Pacquiao arrived on U.S. shores.
While Mayweather was outpointing Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to win a junior middleweight title for the second time, Pacquiao was landing at LAX after a long flight from the Philippines.
Pacquiao, along with trainer Freddie Roach, are back on American soil to finish Pacquiao's training camp for his welterweight title defense against junior welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr. on June 9 (HBO PPV), also at the MGM Grand.
With Mayweather-Cotto in the rearview mirror, that fight marks the next big date on the boxing calendar.
Pacquiao and Roach were greeted by a throng of fans when their Philippine Airlines Flight arrived. They will resume training on Monday at Roach's Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.
Of course, boxing fans want to see Mayweather and Pacquiao slug it out. Alas, it ain't happening, based on what Mayweather said after his victory.
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), boxing's only eight-division champion, wasn't concerned about what was going with Mayweather-Cotto upon his arrival. Instead, he is looking forward to the fight with Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs).
"No matter what Bradley says, I still have the hunger to win," Pacquiao said, in reference to previous remarks made by Bradley. "I had a great camp in the Philippines. No distractions at all. We are ready to step it up over the next four weeks at Wild Card. This is a big fight for me. I can't wait for June 9."
Added Roach: "Maybe Bradley should come over to the Wild Card and see how hard Manny works in the ring. No one works harder -- no one -- and Manny is not ready to give up his throne. Manny is so serious. He gave up playing basketball, and that means a lot to him. He is a serious, dedicated athlete going into a very big fight. Now we do our finishing training at the Wild Card. I promise you Manny will shoot the works when he faces Bradley."
LAS VEGAS -- Right around the time Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto were throwing down in Saturday night's terrific fight, Manny Pacquiao arrived on U.