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article imageTeam Pacquiao moves to Gensan for 2nd phase of training

By Leo Reyes     Jun 3, 2017 in Sports
The training camp of WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is moving to General Santos City this Sunday morning after winding down its activities at the Elorde Gym near the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Philippines Saturday afternoon.
Pacquiao's scheduled transfer to Gensan where he owns a Gym has been slightly delayed due to security threats brought about by the declaration of martial law in Mindanao where the ISIS-backed Maute Group had engaged government troops in a firefight inside Marawi City.
But Team Pacquiao believes the prevailing situation in Marawi City won't spill over to Gensan where Pacquiao will train for the next two weeks before moving to Brisbane, Australia.
Pacquiao is set to face unbeaten Australian challenger Jeff Horn on July 2 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. At stake is Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title which he regained after beating Jessie Vargas in November 2016 at the Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada.
Assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez confirmed to ABS-CBN that Pacquiao and the entire camp will fly to Gensan Sunday morning.
For a while, Pacquiao's longtime trainer Freddie Roach waited for Pacquiao's signal with regards to his legislative agenda in the light of the emergency situation prevailing in Mindanao.
“He hasn’t made his mind up. There’s martial law now so that could change things. Changes in the Senate also. His schedule could change,” Roach said. Read more:
Meanwhile, tickets for the Pacquiao-Horn fight have been selling briskly with reports of about 40,000 tickets already sold out.
Suncorp Stadium has a capacity of 55,000 and with about a month more left to dispose the remaining tickets, there is a great possibility the Stadium will be filled to capacity on fight night.
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