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Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao (center) jogs at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Jhay Otamias)


Special to the Filipino Reporter

A different kind of storm arrived in the West Coast over the weekend and it wasted no time for it to go to work.

The “Pacific Storm” out of the Philippines, eight division champ Manny Pacquiao landed in Los Angeles last Saturday and immediately started his second phase of training for his upcoming Dec. 8 fight against rival Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico.

Pacquiao was up early Monday morning and jogged in his favorite park and running destination, the trails of Griffith Park.

The superstar athlete ran from the bottom of the park all the way to the top of the hill and was accompanied by brother Bobby and other boxers from the Philippines.

He then proceeded to perform his usual routine of stretching, warm-up and abdominal exercises under the watchful eyes of his trainers and longtime friends Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri.

Pacquiao stayed for about two hours in the park overlooking the entire city and diligently went through all his exercises.

After a brief rest, Pacquiao and his team drove to Hollywood to start his first day of training in the famed Wild Card Gym of his longtime trainer Freddie Roach.

He has been training in his hometown of General Santos for almost a month now but the meat of his camp is always in this famed gym.

Roach who has been waiting for his prized pupil for awhile now, went to work with Pacquiao immediately.

“Coach Roach is satisfied!” said Filipino trainer Marvin Somodio who assisted in Pacquiao’s training in the gym of the boxer’s first day in the gym.

Roach and Pacquiao spent 11 intense rounds of mitt and pad work and discussed the plans they have for this camp against Marquez.

Pacquiao returned the next day and instantly sparred against two of Roach’s fighters.
 
“Outstanding, he was in superb shape, everyone was surprised,” said Dr. Ed de la Vega, Pacquiao’s dentist who went there to deliver the boxer’s mouthguard.

“I don’t think we should worry too much, he is in good shape. I think six weeks of training here in L.A. is enough,” said de la Vega.

Pacquiao’s last bout with Marquez was a controversial majority decision victory for the Filipino fighter.

Many in the sport believed that Marquez should have gotten the nod on their third fight last year.

This criticism and skepticism from both media and fans is the one fueling the multi-awarded fighter to come up with a decisive win when he squares off with Marquez next month at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“I am looking forward to winning impressively and to make the fight as short as possible.”

Pacquiao told the New York media last September during the promotional tour for this fight.

Six weeks prior to their duel, The “Pacific Storm” is slowly moving towards its target.