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article imageManny Pacquiao off to Japan and Australia for holiday with family

By Leo Reyes     Dec 27, 2010 in Sports
Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is traveling to Japan after celebrating Christmas with his family in the island of Boracay in the Philippines.
From Japan, Pacquiao and family will proceed to Australia before heading back to the Philippines to resume his legislative work in congress where he is a neophyte member representing Sarangani province in southern Philippines.
Pacquiao is fresh from his victory over Mexican Antonio Margarito last November 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, said Pacquiao is scheduled to face Shane Mosley at MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas Nevada on May 7. The contract for the fight has been signed, according to J. Prince, Mosley's new promoter.
Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said Pacquiao will train for eight weeks starting March next year. Roach said he is not opposed to have the first phase of training in the mountain city of Baguio in the Philippines. Phase two of the training will continue at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California.
Roach said Manny Pacquiao will attempt to accomplish something no other fighter has been able to achieve—stop Shane Mosley—when they clash on May 7 (May 8 in the Philippines) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mosley, 39, has been sent down only once in his career, by Vernon Forrest in 2002. Known to have a tough chin, Mosley has fought some of the biggest names in the sport, among them Winky Wright, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricardo Mayorga, Antonio Margarito, Fernando Vargas and others. The only fighter who had him seriously hurt was Forrest.
Boxing fans around the world have been clamoring for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in 2011 but Mayweather seems unable to face the Filipino boxing icon next year due to his pending court cases involving his children and their mother for domestic violence.
Mayweather was recently arrested by Las Vegas police for another case involving a village security guard who claimed he was threatened by Mayweather.
The undefeated American boxer faces prison term of up to 33 years if he is found guilty of the charges. Mayweather, who is out on bail, is scheduled to appear in court on January 24.
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