Sunday, October 11, 2009

Pacman mulls going to US earlier

pacquiao vs cottoMANILA --Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao might go to US ahead of schedule to continue his training as continued rains brought by Typhoon “Pepeng” are starting to affect preparations for his November 14 fight.

Pacquiao, who is currently training in Baguio City, is entering his fourth training week on Monday for his upcoming fight against World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champ Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas.

According to Ferdie Marquez, the musical director of Pacquiao’s after-fight concert with Filipina singer Madonna Decena, the boxer might fly to the US on October 19.

"Ang alam ko pagsige-sige ang ulan ay baka umalis na siya papuntang US baka hindi na siya bumaba ng Maynila. Kasi instead of 24 baka 19 na lang ay aalis na siya," Marquez told

Marquez said he received the information from the boxer’s close friend and musical composer Lito Camo, who wrote Pacquiao’s hit songs “Para sa Iyo ang Laban na ‘To” and “Lahing Pinoy”.

"Kasi siyempre hindi na siya makapag-training ng maayos dahil sa bagyo," said Marquez, who also works as the musical director of Camo’s band “Kalsada”.

He said Pacquiao and Decena were supposed to hold a three-night rehearsal in Baguio for the after-fight concert starting Friday (October 9) until Sunday (October 11).

"Hindi kami [na]tuloy kasi sarado na ang mga daan [dahil sa bagyo]. Kahapon niya (Pacquiao) pa kami hinihintay kaso nga hindi talaga pwede," said Marquez.

Baguio City has become virtually isolated after several landslides hit Benguet province as "Pepeng" continued to bring heavy rains over several areas in northern Luzon.

At least 45 people were confirmed killed while dozens more remain missing after landslides hit parts of Baguio City and the rest of Benguet. Threats of more landslides have forced city officials to close major access roads, literally isolating the city from nearby provinces.

Marquez, however, assured that Pacquiao is in a safe place and is still busy doing indoor training.

Pacquiao earlier planned to spend half of his eight-week training in Baguio City before flying to the US to continue his camp at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California.

But his adviser Mike Koncz said Pacquiao’s stay in the City of Pines could run for 4 weeks or even more. If it goes five weeks, then Pacquiao may skip Los Angeles and head directly to Las Vegas.

The storm, however, might prompt to change Pacquiao’s plans again.


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