The super typhoon named Juan, who packs a walloping 250 kph, is about to hit northern Philippines including Baguio City before noon on Monday, October 18. What do Fiilipino boxing superstars have to say about the typhoon?
Juan scared the number one pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao, in personally appearing as the guest of honor of the city government for Monday morning’s flag raising ceremony.
Represented instead by the usual soft-spoken and accommodating Pacman’s coach Freddie Roach, he delivered what seemed to be the shortest speech he ever made. The crowd might have probably expected a long message about the upcoming fight of his boxer, instead Freddie Roach delivered a super quick punch line saying that Manny Pacquiao cannot come due to the inclement weather.
The speech drew mild laughter and buzz from the city officials and employees who were used to listening to long political speeches. As a coach, Freddie Roach knew it best and wouldn’t compromise a slightest dread to muddle his thoughts since the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito is a month away.
Freddie Roach arrived a quarter before eight in the morning and clad in his light green polo shirt and jeans, yet the cold weather didn’t seem to bother Freddie Roach a bit as he welcomed all photo sessions. Giggling female fans, curious male boxing followers, and the local media who packed the Council Session Hall took turns taking photos, behind them the emblem of the Republic of the Philippines. Having used to listen and perhaps sing the Philippine’s national anthem since he became Pacman’s boxing coach, Freddie likewise raised his right hand as the pledge to the Philippine flag filled the hall.
"He could be our tourism ambassador as well," whispered a female fan.
‘We’re getting there,’ Freddie Roach told a local media regarding the conditioning of Manny Pacquiao for his upcoming fight with Antonio Margarito. Freddie's soft voice but usually blunt are his trademark, and come fight time he will be there with his fighter, ready to execute a well laid plan.