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Pacman brushes pain aside

ON the eve of the lone press conference promoting his mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao looked great and far from someone allegedly suffering from cramps in his workout with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym.

The eight-division world champion joins the undefeated, pound-for- pound No. 1 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles in a lone press conference to be telecast live by ABS-CBN and ANC beginning at 4 a.m. on Thursday.

Longtime adviser Michael Konz denied a report that Pacquiao suffered cramps, while jogging at Griffith Park on Tuesday (Manila time), while ABCS-CBN reporter Dyan Castillejo, who spoke to the Filipino ring icon, said it was only some pain he suffered when suddenly running uphill.

 Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao chats with his promoter Bob Arum
during a break in his training session with Freddie Roach.

“Manny didn’t suffer from cramps and he’s fine. Training was great,” Koncz told the New Standard/Viva Sports.

But Pacquiao himself admitted there was some pain, but brushed it aside, saying there was nothing to worry about.

Pacquiao is expected to begin sparring sometime next week as two of his sparring partners will arrive in Los Angeles on Sunday.

In the past, both Pacquiao and Mayweather have conducted worldwide press tours to promote their fights, but this time, the LA Press Conference will be the only one before the week of the fight and is not open to the public, but only to accredited media.

Dyan Castillejo will be on site for ABS-CBN, while TJ Manotoc will host the show in Manila with this reporter joining him.

Josh Slagter of mlive.com, who helps cover Mayweather, reported that ESPN SportsCenter’s Lidsay Czarniak will anchor the coverage from the network’s studio in LA, and boxing analyst Teddy Atlas will join her in studio.

Meantime, Pacquiao’s aggressive style, speed and power are expected to prevail in the multi-million dollar fight, according to Miguel Cotto, who has fought both men, losing by a 12th-round  TKO to the Filipino in 2009 before giving Mayweather a hard time when he battled him to a 12-round unanimous decision loss in 2012.

Cotto, in a story by boxingscene.com, based on ESPN’s First Take via GMA News said: “I’ve been working with Freddie Roach for my last two fights and I know what he’s capable of doing with Manny. I think he’s going to get Manny through Floyd Mayweather’s mistakes. Manny is going to take advantage of Floyd’s mistakes. I’m rooting for Manny.”

Cotto added: “The explosiveness and quickness of Manny is going to have a big impact on Floyd’s performance. The explosiveness will be a big advantage. Pacquiao can move from point to point in less than a second.”

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