Sunday, March 9, 2014
Pacquiao in L.A. for next phase
By Dan Rafael
The Pacman has landed.
Manny Pacquiao, on a quest to regain his welterweight title when he meets Timothy Bradley Jr. in a rematch, arrived in Los Angeles from the Philippines on Saturday night -- via Philippine Airlines Flight 102 -- for the second part of his training camp.
Pacquiao, as the world knows, got ripped off badly in a massively controversial split decision to Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) in June 2012. The rematch is April 12 (HBO PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, same site as the first debacle.
Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) arrived in Los Angeles with trainer Freddie Roach and the rest of the team after training for the past several weeks in the Philippines. Pacquiao will finish his training camp at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif.
"We had a great camp in the Philippines and Manny, as usual, is way ahead of schedule in his conditioning and very motivated," Roach said upon their arrival. “The real business begins for us on Monday at Wild Card. We have great sparring waiting for Manny. He wants that title back. If Bradley thinks he's going to see the same compassionate Manny he saw the first time they fought he is in for a very big surprise."
Pacquiao tweeted upon his arrival: “I am so happy to be back in LA training w/ Freddie Roach at Wild Card. I have really missed it.”