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article imagePacquiao vs. Cotto: 'The Quick and the Dead' – Peñalosa

By Ariel A. Avenasa     Oct 21, 2009 in Sports
Filipino boxing sensation Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao now trains in former training partner Gerry Peñalosa's boxing gym in Mandaluyong City, Philippines after abandoning his erstwhile camp in Baguio City due to the threat of another impending typhoon.
Former WBC Super Flyweight and WBO Bantamweight champion Gerry “Fearless” Peñalosa was so impressed by the form of Ring Magazine’s number one pound-for-pound boxer Manny Pacquiao that he dared suggest that the title of the much anticipated WBO welterweight title fight between Pacquiao and Puerto Rican slugger Miguel Cotto on November 14 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas be changed from “Firepower” to “The Quick and the Dead”, in reference to the 1995 western film starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
“Pacman is the quick one... can Cotto be the ‘dead’?” Peñalosa playfully asked in his own column for Philboxing.com last Monday after personally witnessing the Pacman’s intense routine on his first day of training at Gerry’s boxing gym in Mandaluyong City, Philippines.
As reported by Dennis Principe to GMANews.TV, Team Pacman has been forced to leave their camp in Baguio City about four days earlier than planned as news broke out that another super typhoon may again hit Northern Luzon in the coming days. There is a high probability that the team might be stranded in the high-altitude city in case landslides close down the major arteries to and from Baguio City as what happened in the aftermath of typhoon “Pepeng” (international name Parma) earlier this month. The team chose to come down and continue training in Gerry Peñalosa’s Mandaluyong City gym while waiting for their scheduled departure for the United States this Saturday, October 24th.
“He’s gotten really bigger but the improvement with his speed and strength are just exceptional. I initially thought he would be a little slower due to the additional weight," said Peñalosa in Filipino, in his interview with Principe.
Peñalosa further stated in his column that the Pacman had a workout of at least 30 rounds and he was not even a bit exhausted after the training. He even ventured out to say that while everyone is nervous on the outcome of the fight as November 14 draws near, he himself is not because he is confident that the Pacman will ‘devour’ Miguel Cotto.
“Manny might be the smaller guy but he was so fast”, added Peñalosa.
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