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article imageManny Pacquiao wraps up Baguio training, heads to L.A. Saturday

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By Leo Reyes     May 3, 2012 in Sports
Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has wrapped up his month-long training in the high altitude city of Baguio in northern Philippines Friday and motored in a convoy with Team Pacquiao to Manila to continue sparring at his MP Towers Gym
Pacquiao is set to fly to Los Angeles California over the weekend to continue training in preparation for his fight with unbeaten Palm Springs boxer Timothy Bradley.
The eight-division champion will spend more than four weeks of training and sparring at the famous Wild Card Gym in Hollywood which is owned by his long-time trainer and coach, Freddie Roach.
During his training in Baguio City where British boxing idol Amir Khan has spent weeks of training also under Freddie Roach in preparation for his rematch with Lamont Peterson, Pacquiao has sparred with two Russian sparring partners, Ruslan Provodnikov and Rustam Nugaev
Khan and Peterson are set to collide on May 19 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Khan lost to Peterson in a controversial decision during their fight last December in Washington, D.C.
Pacquiao admitted he has not reached his peak but expects to be 100% ready when he completes the second phase of his training in Los Angeles, California.
“I’m not yet 100 percent, but I believe we’ve done what we’re trying to achieve here in Baguio,” Pacquiao told Eddie Alinea of Philboxing.
Roach said, Pacquiao will be facing new sparring partners as he starts the second phase of training at the Wild Card Gym early next week.
“The sparring partners are both tough, mean kids. They are not going to touch gloves with him and they are going to force Manny to fight,” said Roach, who set aside concerns about the fire within. “He always performs for me and I’m sure the fire will come and he’ll be okay. But if it’s a little bit more, I’ll be happy. Bradley will force him to fight. If he (Bradley) hurts him, maybe he’ll open up.”
While on training in Baguio City, Pacquiao had indulged in Bible studies along with his family and some members of Team Pacquiao.
Pacquiao, who has been designated by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) as Bible ambassador, said he has given up old vices and spends more time with his beautiful wife Jinkee and his four children.
Pacquiao and Bradley will face each other in the ring on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. At stake is Pacquiao's WBO welterweight crown.
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