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article imageFreddie Roach Tells Manny Pacquiao to Cut Basketball andTravel

By Leo Reyes     Oct 14, 2010 in Sports
Second to boxing, Manny Pacquiao loves to play basketball whenever his tight schedule permits. But in the final days of his training in Baguio City for his date with Antonio Margarito on November 13 he will have to take a break from basketball
Pacquiao's coach Freddie Roach has finally spoken. “Tomorrow (today) is his last day playing basketball,” Roach said.
Roach banned Pacquiao from playing basketball in the final days of his training in Baguio City before moving with his entourage to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California. The world's best boxing trainer said Pacquiao should put an end to his weekend trip to Manila for his social functions.
Roach said long trips by car to Manila which take five to six hours are very tiring. Even if he sleeps inside the car as they negotiate the long and winding road down to the lowlands of Central Luzon onto to Metropolitan Manila.
On some occasions Pacquiao would skip morning jogs due to his frequent trips to Manila and his late night basketball games.
A little bit irked by constant questions about his weekend trips, the pound-for-pound king said he is still doing what is expected of him. Even if he is in Manila to grace some important occasions including the "10.10.10 Pasig River Run." There he ran along with former president Fidel Ramos and other government officials and leaders of non-government organizations to raise funds for the rehabilitation of the heavily-polluted Pasig River.
"I’m not fooling around". Pacquiao said. The Filipino boxer assured his fans saying, "Don’t be scared. It’s me who’s going to fight".
One of Pacquiao's advisers, Rex "Wakee" Salud said, "Its going to be an easy fight for Manny Pacquiao judging from Margarito's showing during his last fight against Roberto Garcia."
Salud said it’s quite understandable for Pacquiao to act this way. "He’s the favorite, that’s why," Salud added. "But I’m sure that he’ll turn it up in the last four in training. We all know Manny. He always knows what he’s doing."
Pacquiao did some running yesterday but Roach seemed unhappy as he reduced their mitts action to just 12 rounds after doing 18 last week.
“I know he has that power inside waiting to be unleashed,” said Roach.
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