Manny Pacquiao: Sports Illustrated's 24 Hours with Manny
Sports Illustrated did a fascinating behind-the-scenes type story on WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao as he prepares for his May 7 title defense against Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Writer Bryan Armen Graham offers up some neat tidbits of information on the PacMan, including his notorious penchant for being late everywhere he goes.
Graham writes: "Lateness is a theme here. And in a vacuum, or if it were anyone else, it might be a cause for concern. But the famous intensity of Pacquiao's workouts instantly puts doubts to rest. Those who have spent significant time at previous camps, Roach included, say they're at the tail end of Pacquiao's most consistent camp. And many profess the idea that Mosley is in serious trouble come May 7.
"Sure, maybe Pacquiao hasn't been getting up at 7 a.m. every single day for his daily runs -- where he alternates uphill climbs near the Hollywood Sign and flat courses at Pan Pacific Park across the street from his Palazzo digs -- but he doesn't slack once he clocks in. Pacquiao, who carries himself at a 5-minute-mile pace, did his most strenuous run on Monday: uphill for 70 minutes in sand. Yesterday he asked Roach if he could run the 10-mile course again today -- a request the trainer simply could not approve so close to the fight. He is paced by a marathon runner who works for Nike, but Roach says, "He's so competitive he'll never let the guy win."
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