Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pacquiao foe giving sparmates hell

source: Nick Giongco | The Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The thunderous fists of Juan Manuel Marquez have been rocking the foundations of Mexico City.

“Marquez has been beating up his sparring partners,” said Top Rank chief Bob Arum after receiving reports directly from Marquez’s training headquarters at the Romanza Gym.

The news of Marquez’s exceptional showing during training made Arum smile Tuesday – some seven weeks before his Nov. 12 world welterweight title duel with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Told about Pacquiao’s equally-smashing sparring sessions with Jorge Linares of Venezuela in Baguio City, Arum was drooling.

“This is going to be a great, great fight, I am telling you,” said Arum.

Marquez and Pacquiao immediately reported for training camp after the four-city press tour that kicked off in manila on Sept. 3 and ended in Mexico City on Sept. 8 although Marquez actually beat his archrival to the punch by a couple of days.

Meanwhile, the stormy weather in the City of Pines had little effect on Pacquiao’s preparations.

Because of the driving rain the past few days, Pacquiao has opted to stay indoors for his morning workout, choosing to use the treadmill instead of going outdoors for his usual fix of running.

But during the afternoon session at the Shape Up Gym inside the Cooyesan Hotel, Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach hardly miss a beat.