Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao returns to the Philippines Friday night from a two-week vacation in Japan and Australia together with wife Jinkee and their children.
Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News reported the 8-division world champion plans to divide his training time between Baguio City in the Philippines and Los Angeles, California.
Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach spent four weeks in the mountain City of Baguio in northern Philippines during Pacquiao's fight preparation for his bout with Antonio Margarito last November 13.
After the Baguio experience, Roach said it was one of the worst training camp ever. The Hall of Fame trainer was not complaining about the site but he was obviously bothered by too many distractions during the actual training sessions.
It may be recalled that Pacquiao was elected to congress representing Sarangani province in southern Philippines in May last year. As an elected public official, he had to attend to his congressional duties while training for his fight with Margarito.
The distractions came mostly from constituents seeking to see Pacquiao for assistance and support. He also had to entertain visits from politicians and government officials who need him to endorse certain projects.
As one one of the most popular sports, entertainment and political figure in the country, Pacquiao had to attend to important social functions that require him to travel down to Manila during the height of his training last year.
The situation apparently did not sit well with Freddie Roach as he had to make constant adjustments on his training schedule.
Eventually though, Roach must have realized that Pacquiao had to serve his country and people and as long as he does well during the training, he would be more considerate.
Earlier Roach was quoted to have said he may again consider training Pacquiao in Baguio City for the upcoming with Shane Mosley.
On the upcoming fight with Shane Mosley.Roach said its not going to be an easy fight as Mosley has fought and won over top-rated boxers in the light and welterweight divisions including the legendary Oscar de la Hoya.
“I just need to get Manny to stop listening to those people who see that this will be an easy fight. That's the worst thing in the world that they could tell him,” Roach said.
The boxing trainer, who molded the Filipino champion from a one-dimensional boxer to a complete fighter, added that there’s no easy fight at Pacquiao’s level.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said he has made arrangement for Manny Pacquiao to be presented in the US Senate during his promotional tour which is scheduled to kick off in Beverly Hills on February 9.
Arum said Pacquiao will probably have an audience with US president Barack Obama during the Washington segment of the press tour.
“It would all depend on the availability of the President,” said Arum, who nevertheless, revealed that Pacquiao, a congressman from Sarangani, will be presented to the US Senate.
“It’s going to be absolutely huge (if the meeting between Obama and Pacquiao takes place),” Arum said.
Meanwhile, tickets for the Pacquiao-Mosley welterweight war at the MGM Grand will go on sale on January 31, according to Arum.