Fresh off a two-city press tour that saw stops in both the Big D and the Big Apple, seven-time world champion Manny Pacquiao is ready to begin preparations in earnest for his WBO welterweight title defense against challenger Joshua Clottey.
Training camp for the Mar. 13 fight was originally scheduled to start yesterday, but due to a late-arriving flight from the East Coast on Wednesday, Pacquiao was given a one-day reprieve and instructed to report to Freddie Roach's Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood today.
Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin accompanied Team Pacquiao on the private flight and reported Roach and Pacquiao's exchange at the airport:
"See you on Friday, Manny. Just take the day off. Rest."
"Okay coach, I will do that."
Now, with exactly 50 days remaining before "The Event," takes center stage at "The Palace"—Jerry Jones' sparkling new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex.—head trainer Roach, assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez, and conditioning coach Alex Ariza have their work cut out for them.
As always they are responsible for assembling a team of sparring partners, executing a regimen of arduous physical workouts, and administering a set of carefully engineered nutritional plans.
All together, they design a strategy that will provide Pacquiao with the platform he needs to succeed.
Pacquiao for his part renowned for having one of the best work ethics in boxing, stands on that delicately-balanced platform and adds his own special blend of unbridled intensity, unrelenting desire, and heavenly motivation.
Transforming the docile Filipino into an animal.
A wild animal that smells blood, senses defeat, and concerns himself with only one thing—killing prey.
It's a recipe for success that's worked out well for Pacquiao in the past and millions of his fans from around the world are hoping it's a recipe that continues to work out well in the future.
Come Mar. 13 we'll find out, when Pacquiao steps into the ring with Clottey at "The Event."
I'm guessing it will be a fight that lives up to it's name.
Pacquiao's fights usually do.
Photo: Pacquiao (L) and Clottey (R) pose with Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders during their press tour promoting their upcoming fight