This was earlier boldly but intelligently predicted by well-known boxing scribes.

Freddie Roach has already made statements about his preference to hold a six-week-training- regimen with his prized fighter in preparation for a Mosley fight. “Six weeks training in the U.S., that’s all I want.” says Roach in an interview with popular boxing scribe and analyst Dong Secuya. Apparently in response to the information that Pacquiao is planning to train in Cebu. Roach fears that a lot of distractions will interfere in the training if the initial phase of the training will be held in Cebu. Just like what happened in Manila. If and when the initial preparation for the fight will indeed be held in the Philippines, Roach prefers Baguio over Cebu.

And, as per subsequent report that came in, Roach is now allegedly insisting that Mosley should undergo drug test as a condition! It may be recalled that in 2003 Mosley was previous involved in a reported use of performance enhancing drugs, when preparing for his fight with Oscar De La Hoya. An accusation which he later publicly admitted but quick to add that he was unaware that steroid was involved.

For his part, Pacquiao acknowledged that it will be a very difficult fight for him. “For me, I need 8 weeks training for this fight.”, he said in one interview.

Pacquiao, the unanimously recognized as the best pound-for-pound boxer of his generation, already made some earlier statements discarding Juan Manuel Marquez, as a possible opponent for his next much-awaited fight. Some scribes attribute this to Marquez’ connection with the Golden Boy Promotions.  A possible fight with WBC/WBO Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez had been likewise earlier dumped by Bob Arum. Practically dismissing any future Pacquiao fight in the higher weight division. Well, that’s good news for Mommy Dionisia, at least.

Pacquiao currently holds the only WBC Diamond Belt, WBO Welterweight Belt  and WBC Light Middleweight Championship Belt.   He is considered by many as the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT). Even surpassing the accomplishments of the Great Muhammad Ali, Henry Armstrong, Frazier, Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Duran, Chavez and his late idol Gabriel “Flash” Ilorde. (John Cabagbag)


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