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Harnessing PacMan's powers no easy task

It isn't always easy to reel a fighter with a rock star aura like Manny Pacquiao into training. Keeping him in the gym and away from the Hollywood nightlife is no cakewalk, either. But for the discerning Freddie Roach, it's all in a day's work.

Originally Published: June 25, 2008
By Brian Doogan | Special to ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- In boxing, Freddie Roach's reputation is that of the best trainer, perhaps, in the world. But in the Philippines he is simply the third most recognized person in any walk of life -- behind only Manny Pacquiao and Filipino President Gloria Arroyo.

"The kind of popularity that Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan enjoyed at the peak of their powers in America, that's nothing compared to Pacquiao's popularity in the Philippines," Roach said with a chuckle at the Wild Card Gym in ...

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