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article imageManny Pacquiao shakes off ring rust after long layoff from boxing

By Leo Reyes     Aug 23, 2013 in Sports
Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao has started training for his scheduled fight against Brandon Rios on Nov. 24 at the Venetian Resort & Casino in Macau, China.
Pacquiao did some jogging Tuesday morning at the Antonio C. Acharon Memorial Sports Center in Calumpang village in General Santos City and played volleyball with his team before proceeding to his boxing gym in the afternoon.
At the gym, Pacquiao did some abdominal exercises, rope jumping and shadow boxing before hitting the speed ball.
Freddie Roach's Assistant Coach Buboy Fernandez said the light training that Pacquiao Is doing initially is designed to restore his stamina.
Fernandez, who is Pacquiao's boyhood friend, is currently supervising Pacquiao's initial training while Roach is busy preparing for Miguel Cotto's next fight in early October.
Cotto, who lost to Pacquiao in 2009, has signed up Roach to be his trainer for his fight against Delvin Rodriguez at the Amway Center in Florida on Oct. 5.
Right after Cotto's fight, Roach will fly to the Philippines to take over the training from Buboy Fernandez.
“Coach Freddie will take over upon his arrival here,” Fernandez told
Pacquiao will soon be working with a new strength and conditioning coach following Roach's firing of Pacquiao's Strength and Conditioning Coach Alex Ariza, who has worked Pacquiao's corner since 2008.
Roach has criticized Ariza for doing things outside of his scope while working on Pacquiao's corner in previous fights.
"I had a discussion with Manny and I told him that I had a lot of trouble working with Alex, because he was always trying to do everyone else's job," Roach told Yahoo! Sports.
"I told him that Miguel Diaz had told me he would not work with Manny as his cutman if Ariza was around. As I said, he wanted to do everyone's job but his own. I told Manny it was hard for us to work with him. Read more:
Prior to his loss to Timothy Bradley last year, Pacquiao used to fight two to three times a year but this year he will only be fighting once.
Pacquiao will train full time in General Santos and Davao cities in the Philippines and will fly to Macau with his entourage in about a week before the fight for the final phase of his training.
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