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Knowledge + Power: The Evolution of Manny Pacquiao

By Ace Freeman (31-Jan-2010)



Manny Pacquiao on FightFan.com




PACQUIAO TIME

A Short Documentary by Ron Gabriel

Featuring original music by Santos Furtado



Inside Manny Pacquiao’s Training Camp:

Ace Freeman takes you behind closed doors in Manny Pacquiao’s January 2010 training camp to take a closer look at the man behind the growing legend in this article dubbed “Knowledge + Power: The Evolution of Manny Pacquiao”

Photo: Miguel Salazar

Photo: Miguel Salazar

“Knowledge plus power…” the champ yelled out. “Knowledge plus power!”

Those were the words that resonated through the silence in an empty Wild Card gym at high noon on this particular Friday in January 2010, as Manny Pacquiao began to glide across a fresh sheet of canvas. The Hollywood sun was peeking in thinly despite the drawn shades and it momentarily risked illuminating boxing’s brightest star even more so than was already the case.

His shadowboxing began with the absence of any shadows early in this training camp. I stood transfixed by his movements. It was not the first time I’ve been afforded the privilege of watching Pacquiao at work but I was indeed struck with a new sense of awe at the specimen he’s become over the last four years.

His simple warm up routine carried a sense of grace befitting of the sweet science. His movement appeared choreographed like a fistic ballet… beautiful in it’s own right if not for the accompanying undertone of pending violence. As he skated around the empty ring his blazing fists in unison with his primitive grunting was a harsh reminder of the bad intentions behind what he is currently preparing for.

It is the beginning of a new decade and the Filipino charge sits firmly atop the world of boxing. His goal has now become defending his crown. It is a stark contrast to the humble and scruffy young man I first watched train in the same ring during my first trip to Los Angeles in 2006.

In a visit to watch then heavyweight hopeful James Toney train under the watchful guidance of the now infamous ‘Coach’ Freddie Roach, I first saw Manny Pacquiao up close and personal as he prepared for his rematch with Eric Morales. It was a quiet and subdued young fighter whom I first saw, laying in relative obscurity, finishing up his abdominal work.

At the time the legions of hopeful fans needing to be turned away in droves did not yet line the side walks around the Wild Card Boxing Club, and access to the young up and coming fighter was a lot easier to come by.

Unfortunately this was not the case on my most recent trip to Los Angeles.

I had been hopeful I would get the chance to see Manny train this visit but knew it was far from a guarantee. Life around the Wild Card during Manny’s training camp is now up to snuff with the exclusivity in the surrounding Hollywood hills. Everyone wants a piece or a peek and the room for the champ to be made available is thin with his dire need to focus.

Friday morning I made my way down to the gym bright and early hoping to catch Freddie Roach with enough free time for an interview. As a fellow (partial) Canadian, Freddie has always been hospitable on top of being one of the most genuine personalities in the fight game. After a lengthy chat about the current state of things surrounding him and his fighter I was fortunate enough to end up with an invitation to sit in on an afternoon of Manny’s training.

I waited in the wings as the place swelled with the early morning crowd of gym rats hard at work. The speed bags were humming and standing room became scarce with the building near capacity as men and women alike struggled to get their workouts in.

As the clock struck the top of the hour it was as if all the hand wraps and gloves fell empty to the floor and all signs of life seemed to suddenly vanish. The gym closes at the same time each afternoon for the private training camp of Manny Pacquiao… and once vacated the silence before the champ’s arrival is deafening.

The Wild Card looks serene in the absence of all it’s members, and the afternoon sun illuminated the main ring as it sat empty awaiting it’s most famous inhabitant.

Gone was the ball cap wearing up and comer who was shy about making eye contact years before. The man who entered the gym this time around was larger than life and had the entourage to go with it. From drivers to chefs to the faithful inner circle, Manny Pacquiao now travels like the attraction he has become in recent years.

Arguably one of the most famous individuals in the history of his own country and one of the premiere athletes in all the world, humility is not a trait the champ lost along the way. He smiled with bright and endearing eyes upon seeing my intrusion to his camp and flashed an inviting smile as he shook my hand.

After making the rounds to greet the familiar onlookers who had remained in the gym, Pacquaio entered the ring dawning a “Manila No. 25″ t-shirt and began a rigorous stretching routine with strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

The door to the gym was now locked as Team Pacquiao body guard Rob Peters stood watch, looking to keep eager onlookers on the outside looking in.

Manny Pacquiao was all smiles as he began his workout. After stretching he started out with light shadowboxing and began to chase Ariza around the ring. Just as he would when cutting off the ring while stalking a retreating opponent, Pacquiao moved like a shark through water with deceptive speed of foot. Finally cornered, Ariza impressively leapt through the ropes to the delight of the onlookers. An impressive vanishing act not afforded to actual Pacquiao opponents.

The champ continued on and would spin and throw punches every which way as he pivoted and changed angles constantly. His faithful sidekick Buboy Fernandez was the constant victim of a surprise body attack every time Manny passed by his location on the sideline. Pacquiao would change direction suddenly as he neared the rope and end a combination of punches with a slapping swipe at his friend’s mid section.

One of these shots happened right in front of me as I looked on from behind the ropes and somewhat caught off guard I happened to gasp at the loud slapping sound as Buboy hunched over in some discomfort.

My alarm caught the champ’s attention and he looked at me with wide eyes and raised eyebrows and laughed somewhat nervously.

“Body shot!” I exclaimed. He laughed and repeated my sentiment.

“Body shot!”

Things took on a much more serious tone as Freddie Roach entered the ring. The long time ace trainer maintains a loose and carefree climate at his Hollywood stronghold along with his band of merry men, but when it comes time to enter the ring with his star pupil, he is all business.

The multi million dollar athlete gave a slight bow in the direction of his mentor. The reverence in Pacquiao’s eyes as he submits to the advice and instructions of Coach Freddie further contrast the shades of the humble, naive young man who first came through those doors several years back.

The teacher-student dynamic between Roach and Pacquiao remains paramount to the ongoing success the dynamic duo currently enjoys. As much room as there is for clowning and play, Roach knows when it’s time to bear down and Pacquiao follows his lead without question.

Photo: Cherry Cervantes

As the two began to engage in thunderous mitt-work, Joshua Clottey’s name came up for the first time. As is often the case while working the mitts, the two focused on strategic movements particular to Manny’s March 13 opponent. We had been asked to turn off our video cameras during the pad work portion of the training and it was immediately evident why.

Precise movements are tirelessly choreographed between the two with the intention of capitalizing on their opponent’s style and habits.

The dialogue between the trainer and fighter was fascinating as they meticulously practiced angles and the exploding of particular punches out of varied movements. Roach has already studied a great deal of Joshua Clottey footage and feels he has the ground work for a solid game plan.

From his comments to Freddie in mid flight it’s clear Pacquiao has done a great deal of studying in his own right as he stops to ask the coach for his opinion on certain adjustments the African challenger may attempt to employ.

A trend that has emerged in recent fights continues in training as Pacquiao becomes increasingly more effective at generating explosive power while retreating on the back foot.

Early in his career when he was often guilty of being a one-handed stalker the majority of the damage he did was reserved to when he was coming forward with his foot firmly on the gas.

Critics were quick to point out that in instances where opponents managed to back him up, the effectiveness of the Filipino fighter’s technique diminished.

No more.

Present day Pacquiao seems to have summoned the ability to spring forward out of a retreating crouch with the reflexes of a cat. It appears to be one of the many elements of movement tirelessly included in his training routine.

As Roach and Pacquiao continued with their mitt work the combination punching was nothing short of awe inspiring.

Earlier in the day I asked Freddie to convey to me how much harder Manny is punching now that he’s settled in to a welterweight frame.

“He’s hitting fucking hard,” was his reply, the expletive appeared inserted for emphasis, and for the aches that surely accompany a long session of catching such ferocious punches.

Coach Roach is literally playing with fire these days in that regard. In practicing combination punching on the mitts, one might liken him catching the blazing fast sequences of punches to juggling explosives.

To the naked eye there appears to be so little room for error with the velocity of the punches that at times Roach’s face is split seconds and millimetres away from absorbing a potential knock out blow.

Manny would tirelessly throw combinations at Roach in under a second’s time. As they repeated this lightning fast sequence, Roach would occasionally ask his star pupil to “hook out”, adding a “clean up” hook for good measure.

Each time this was done I cringed as the fine line of Pacquiao’s control over the precision of those final punches appeared to flirt with the possibility of blasting Roach near his chin.

To my surprise it never happened. The high octane choreography continued on and on with pin point accuracy.

Photo: Cherry Cervantes

Trainer and pupil were tireless in their attention to detail. Manny would often speak of particular punches in his arsenal as though they were literally weapons. He appears obsessed with the tactical aspect of perfecting minute details and movements. Again, a stark contrast to the younger stalking, pressure fighter of many years ago, who came blazing on to the world scene on the coat tails of ferocity alone.

Manny Pacquiao in 2010 is a whole other beast.

“I’m smart!” he exclaimed as he danced around the ring upon completing the strategic mitt work with Roach. Like a kid in a candy store he spun around the ring like a wind up toy.

All through out the training session that day the champ would mix in an occasional “Ali Shuffle”… a quick shuffling of the feet made famous by the legendary Muhammad Ali. Roach later confirmed Manny seems to greatly enjoy doing that as of late.

“Knowledge plus power…” Manny exclaimed. “Knowledge plus power!”

The words were repeated like a mantra that afternoon as he continued speeding his way around the ring.

From the young man who slowly discovered the debilitating power he possessed at boxing’s top level to the grown man who now tirelessly works to plot his destruction with a thinking man’s prognostication… there has been an evolution in Manny Pacquiao in these last few years.

He has superseded the perfection of a singular style and instead of feeling the need to drive endlessly forward, he seems to have grasped the fact that it is the unbending tree that breaks in the wind. His newfound ability to retreat and react has truly added a superior dimension to his fold.

It is something he still works on endlessly and it is the reason we see so much improvement with each fight he takes.

Manny finished the training session that afternoon with work on the speed bags. As he worked to a nice rhythm in the setting afternoon sun I couldn’t help but notice an old faded photo of a young Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the Wild Card wall. It hung among many photos high above Manny’s head as he droned away on the bag.

After a proposed mega fight for early this year fell by the wayside, Mayweather continues to be the elephant in the room around Team Pacquiao, and it was not a topic that went untouched through out the afternoon.

Pacquiao took a moment in his clowning around the ring to do his impression of Mayweather’s patented defense. Everyone was all smiles as he exaggerated pulling away from imaginary punches to his own delight.

“Floyd is good,” Manny said at one point. “… but he is the former pound-for-pound king.”

The entire training session was over in just under three hours.

When everything was said and done we were lucky enough to have garnered an invite from Manny’s culinary specialist Archie to join Team Pacquiao for dinner.

In a small and secluded Thai restaurant near the Wild Card – closed down just for Manny’s visit – we enjoyed a healthy selection of fish, soup, chicken and rice served to a group of fifteen or so.

A big screen TV sat high on the wall surrounded by autographed photos of the champ. One in particular read “I love Thai food” along with his patented signature.

While eating we watched early fights of a seventeen year old Manny Pacquiao recklessly battling scrawny fellow junior flyweights. The champ sat transfixed watching his wild swinging younger self with wide and irreproachable eyes. As the knockout punches came the table cheered and Manny would burst out with child like laughter.

I couldn’t help but smile at the irony.


A special thanks to Freddie Roach and the members of Team Pacquiao for making this article possible.

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  1. juan Says:

    even before manny reached the U.S. he’s been knocking his opponents one at a time. Now his knowledge & skills in boxing are more polished under roach’s guidance. ;>



  2. Tanga Says:

    no idea no time to read this article.



  3. taray Says:

    Brilliant article!!! more! more! more! :)



  4. Darok Says:

    Brilliant article, I can only imagine how great it is to watch Pacman train. :)



  5. zackman Says:

    A great and fun read worthy of every boxing-fan’s time. Well articulated with no exaggeration but pure actuality of your view and observation. Kudos to your awesome writing talents…!!



  6. ugok Says:

    Nice break from all the negative steroids stories.i enjoyed reading it and clearly saw what the author had seen.



  7. Kyo Says:

    This is one hell good article I’ve read so far this year… More power man…



  8. rgc Says:

    Very good article and well describe!



  9. bob478 Says:

    Neatly thoroughly done without bias!!!



  10. James Mojer Says:

    great insider read. i hope coach roach continues to allow you to cover manny’s closed door workout.



  11. Guile Says:

    You are a good observer. When someone loves what he’s doing, he is good at doing it! It is different from loving what you’re doing and doing it for the money and fame.



  12. TheChef Says:

    That was a nice article. I’m taking a creative writing course and I have to give detail just like that. The funniest part was when Roach said “Hell fuckin yeah he hits hard”. lol.



  13. DonPacman Says:

    Nice article. Full of details, it feels we are also with you inside the Wild Card gym wathing Manny train.



  14. ChrisTx Says:

    Sir,

    Outstanding article about our National Fist.
    Also for a sports fan, I love what you did to this article, even without pictures my imagination is as clear as a picture because of your story.

    Mabuhay!



  15. El Presidente Says:

    the pic is awful so i don’t even bother to read even a single word.



  16. icCaballero Says:

    Hey Ace,

    Wow, great read, Ace. It was as if I was reading a page off of a Biography book in the later stages of Manny Pacquiao and Team’s career.

    Again, thanks for the read, and I’m real happy that Team Pacquiao showed you the hospitality like quality in the majority of Filipinos. You must’ve had a blast.



  17. ryan Says:

    Great article. I really enjoyed reading about your experience with Manny’s training.

    Good luck Manny!



  18. Arinolang_Butas Says:

    Nice Article!!! I really had a GREAT Read about my Hero the ” Pambansang KAMAO ” …I feel like i was there also in the gym while reading this. Keep it coming. …BRAVO, NICE JOB!!! SALAMAT KAIBIGAN!



  19. Nandi Says:

    Thought I was reading a novel on Manny Pacquiao. Nice lines. Hey, why not write a book on the exploits of Manny Pacquiao?

    Have a nice day!



  20. Rocky Says:

    Excellent presentation. As if i am reading my homework in a literature class.You were able to give us an insight and vision of Pacman inside wild card. Congratulation Ace!!!



  21. gladiatorsports Says:

    Your writing puts shame to all the other scribes in the boxing community. All the while I was reading it was I was just impressed with your writing as I was about the person you were writing about. Good work. Really good work! Doesn’t matter who you write about in this site, I will come back for more good reading. Thank you.



  22. hehehe Says:

    picture creeps me out, lol… but its funny somehow



  23. Fidel Says:

    Congratulations on an Excellent article! This is how he wins fights, Research, Hard Training and Guts!!!



  24. rizalman Says:

    Manny Pacquiao is the epitome of a true Champion.
    I don’t think there will be another one of his Caliber in the generations to come.
    Much more words will be written to fully describe the great Pacman.
    Eventually the World will recognize him to be the greatest of all the pugilist that the Planet Earth has ever produced. LOLOLOL. WHEWWWW!!!!

    But for now so many will try to dislodge him in this great category.. More pretenders will also risk their life just to copy and steal that greatness we are enjoying to see in our generation.
    But no one can be of his LEVEL. NEVER EVER!!!

    WHEW!! Nabuang na ‘ko Dong dere bah.. OK Lang..

    CHEERS..



  25. Kurap Says:

    As someone who had the privilege of witnessing Pacquiao’s evolution from a one-handed defense-poor brawler to a two-fisted thinking fighter, the writer had the right insight as to the reason for Manny’s continuously improving performance inside the ring. Anyone who shares Ace’s insights know that native talent, hard work, dedication and willingness to learn are the reasons, not PEDs.



  26. leslie Says:

    It really never crossed my mind that mayweather will fight shane..But if sure does happen, wow..I like Master Roach Shoes, its cool.



  27. trekker_dust Says:

    This is astounding write ups!
    Two thumbs up!



  28. new era Says:

    Nice visit Mr. Freeman. Meanwhile, Filipinos and Thais being in the same region (South East Asia) eat almost the same food. Manny is lucky there is a Thai restaurant near Wild Card for him to satisfy his appetite but the restaurant is luckier for every Pacman’s visit. It’s good to the business right?



  29. Adoremus (Pinoy) Says:

    This piece is “Ace” in the hole! I feel like I was there with you man. More Power!



  30. Winston Says:

    Well written article. Just a solid proof that no other athlete in the world trains the same way as the PACMAN. Now you are a first hand witness to that. Cheers!



  31. Mayweather Fan Says:

    It is a bit too long but nicely written. As I was reading the entire article it made me feel what was being done during the training session.

    As we all know by now that it is all about hard work dedication and proper training is what this fighter have.



  32. ARIVA-ARIVA Says:

    ANY DEVELOPMENT ON FLOYD VS. SHANE?
    I told you before, this will never be happened. Too many speculations but still this will never happened.
    Floyd is too scared to lose a fight and get sratch on his numbers.
    10-15 M dollar on Mosley fight vs 40 M dollar on Pacquiao fight, where do you think Floyd will grab?
    Floyd knows that he may risk everyhing by fighting Shane, for once he will be defeated, bye-bye 40 M.
    So i think Floyd will just wait for Pacquiao availability, for in him, it is better to maximize
    the benifits of losing.



  33. marley's son Says:

    awe inspiring extraordinaire…



  34. Nally Patak Says:

    There’s no other Pacman. Right.
    But to duplicate Pac’s hard and focused training it not impossible to do it.And He’s doing it for years just like other top athletes. That’s how PAc won his fights.



  35. DemThomas Says:

    The best article I have ever read about Manny Pacquiao, and I read a lot of articles about Manny EVERYDAY. You and Michael Marley are the very best.
    (But I do believe that you beat him this time)

    Unlike others, your introduction was subtle and IT SHOULD BE, its an introduction.

    The body was PERFECT, informative and humorous (Ariza jumping out the ropes, “Body Shot”, etc.). Again, unlike others, your presentation is easy to read, paragraphs are well divided between different but interrelated thoughts.

    The conclusion was just like a storybook. It made me feel that Manny and company “Lived happily ever after”.

    You have great talent there Mr. Freeman.

    I think you should write a book. By the way your article is crafted, I think you already made one.

    I will not be surprised.



  36. YOHAN Says:

    A fighter doesn’t start off like MANNY PACQUIAO, just ordinary, and then once he gets over the age of 25, he becomes an EXTRAORDINARY FIGHTER!!!!! -FLOYD “MONEY” MAYWEATHER

    THAT SAYS IT ALL.. I CANT BELIEVE LOTS OF PEEPS WERE SO GULLIBLE TO BE SUCKED IN.. THE MAYWEATHERS DOESNT WANT THE PACQUIAO FIGHT.. END OF STORY



  37. MBA Says:

    I would wish to add something about Floyd’s demand…I thought that if he had requested it during his fight with Marquez, I wouldn’t be surprised if he demanded the same testing when fighting Manny…and Manny would have been pushed to his corner but alas, it wasn’t the case…so his excuse of cleansing the sport is a very shallow excuse because he knew, the blame will be on him…But then again, granting that Manny will soon agree to the 14 days testing period but will request to have the fight outside of Vegas, will Floyd be man enough to accept it knowing that what he is injecting is illegal in other areas?



  38. MichaelOfSD Says:

    PEDs or not, Pacquiao is a hell of a fighter. He gives the boxing fans a real gladiator fight when he’s on the ring and it’s a money well spent to watch a fighter like Manny.



  39. pacfan Says:

    Well said and observation. Now that you were one of the lucky one to witnessed how Manny trained and how hard he hits, you wouldn’t doubt him anymore like Floydie and malinaggi. Manny always stated thru God, dedication and hard work there’s nothing impossible. He doesn’t need to use any some sort of drugs or PED’s to be successful. Mabuhay Manny!



  40. FIL//A-Jay Says:

    That was an excellent article Mr. Freeman. I don’t remember any sport article i read before so vivid like this one. I felt like I was actually among the selected few who witnessed Manny during his training. Your style is smooth and gentle that made me think and asking if you had already wrote a book based on the life of Freddie Roach and Pacman. If you did, I’m sure it is gonna be a hit….



  41. Anonymous Says:

    one of the best article that I ever read regarding Manny. Artistic description, I can visualize the scene while reading this article. Good job!



  42. cyniborus Says:

    pacquiao looked like a pitbull in his picture..sure he is a fighting machine,very exciting to watch than any boxer of this time



  43. BRUISESBOBBY Says:

    REMEMBER, MANNY STARTED HIS CAREER 7-0 WITH ONLY 2 KO’S. SO HIS KO TOTAL STARTING FROM HIS 8TH FIGHT HAVE BEEN VERY CONSISTENT. WATCH OUT CLOTTEY, FLOYD, AND BRADLEY(THE ENCORE FIGHT). IF FLOYD BEATS SHANE, THERE’S NO NEED FOR PAC TO FIGHT MOSLEY. JUST RIP THAT BELT OFF OF MONGOFLOYDS MOUTH.



  44. Mhoncie Says:

    Nice article!! Keep it up and more power to you!! thumbs up!! =)



  45. ara mina Says:

    Hi Ace, I remember an article you wrote when team Mayweather invited you to Jr’s camp enroute to the Marquez fight….

    My question is who is more fun to watch during training? PAC or Jr?



  46. djzuccer Says:

    kudos to ace…very nice article^_^



  47. Pogi Says:

    Nice writing style. I hope that if Manny agrees for someone to write a book about him, he would choose you. More, more, more!



  48. napski de guzman Says:

    hello there ace. nice piece and i think this is one of the best article i’ve read here @ pacland so far and comments speaks for itself.. thank you



  49. nok-nok Says:

    ASIAN RULES! and American/Mexican “fading” boxers! and self-proclaimed “GREATS” watch and envies! once in a while ONE EXTRA-ORDINARY athlete comes in any Sports events, like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods etc.
    Manny Pacquiao time in BOXING is now…but some people can’t accept it, because he is not an american. They are looking for ways to weaken and destroy Manny with their vicious tounge and pens.
    Pacquiao is the Greatest Champ as of this time period!



  50. ren Says:

    I love Thai food too, one of the best recipe
    in the world. Too spicy or not.



  51. muaythai Says:

    What about this 40/40 Floyd principles? Mr. writer could you please elaborate the justification of Floyd’s psychological tendencies of preserving his undefeated 40-0 record by running away from a hefty 40M USD and yet willing to fight a 40 year old Shane Mosley.



  52. pangit Says:

    great one…go Manny…



  53. Fenomeno Says:

    Creepy picture. But a very nice read ;)



  54. amirr Says:

    I am very choosy in reading an article; yours glued me in my sit. Congratulations Sir!



  55. hollowfields Says:

    Great work man! You captured a story in this write-up. I feel I was with you there at the gym … keep on rocking!



  56. Anonymous Says:

    love the article!



  57. doubletangoromeo Says:

    man what can i say…an unforgettable piece, nicely written mr freeman, i suppose your not related to the other freeman (hollywood, a competent actor).



  58. MR.BALISI Says:

    nice article! great! great! great!



  59. fernandoce Says:

    Wow, that was a blow-by-blow account of Manny training in the gym but presented in harmonic prose! I agree that you and Marley both have interesting literary styles but you beat him big time for this piece. I like writing myself, as well as reading good materials and to be honest, I like your style. The presentation was vivid enough for me to imagine what actually happened. Information were straight to the point with no garbage, pretensions, and bias. Keep it up, Mr. Freeman!



  60. Floyds Fan dot com Says:

    just like in every game or competitions..the winner will bring home the beckon, praise and accolade while the loser may bear the pain and shame…but one thing is certain, after these two brave prize fighter battle each other in the ring, whether win or loss both of them will deserve the glory and pride by giving all of what his got…



  61. Prime1 Says:

    Poetic…it’s like actualy being there my self at the wild card gym watching Manny train.



  62. bacuzi Says:

    Excellent piece.

    Well, done Ace.



  63. Mark25 Says:

    I’m a frequent visitor at pacland,it’s seem I’m addicted whenever I got time even at work even when I’m walking I’m accessing the site, very nice article you write the way you saw it and I’m tankful you been accorded the Filipino hospitaly, which I can say second to none,we Filipinos are known to be very hospitable,Gud luck manny as what arum says he never seen a fighter train as hard as manny….it’s pure hard word dedication and decipline and no other else….more power to mr writer thumbs up…



  64. martinian Says:

    like i was the one watching! detailed and unbiased observation!



  65. bbtroy Says:

    I think what Ace liked so much was covering Pacquiao at the Thai restaurant! That was the best part of it!



  66. Corleone Says:

    Good writing style, i read every word and its somehow poetic. keep on writing! =)



  67. Alexandr Hermann Says:

    (KNOWLEDGE+DISCIPLINE)+ POWER = PACQUIAO’S SUCCESS AND DETRACTORS ENVY.



  68. sonnym Says:

    you are a good writer.as i read it, as if i was at the wild card gym watching and hearing how manny’s gloves snap at freddies mitts.thats one hell of an article.thomas hauser,ace freeman did i say more!



  69. mhadz Says:

    Nice read. you’re lucky to have witness pac trained. Go Manny!



  70. bolo punch Says:

    no reason not to like manny, really. that’s why his detractors have gone all out to discredit and besmirch his accomplishments. there’s no substitute to hard work and sacrifice. which is why manny is where he is. one would imagine that watching pacquiao train is like watching one of those knug fu movies where the star pupil is being taught by the master all he needs to know in order to win his biggest challange.



  71. bolshoi Says:

    A very vivid biography…2 thumbs-up!!!



  72. mhadz Says:

    Nice read. You’re lucky to have witness Pac trained. Pls…pls… write a book on pac. It will surely be a hit. tnx. Go Manny!



  73. john Says:

    Reading your article is mesmerizing as if I was actually there in your place. Very detailed with nothing added out of the ordinary. Love to read more articles written the way you did.



  74. dcart Says:

    I love Manny Pacquiao, he is the messiah of boxing and the role model of all athletes.



  75. Truefan Says:

    Very good article, I mean the way you specifically pin point every details of the events. I think you should write a book. :)



  76. Larskie-romblon Says:

    GREAT ARTICLE… MR ACE…

    THOUGH I NEVER WATCH MANNY PACQUIAO’S TRAINING…

    I GUESS WATCHING HIM IN THE GYM IS LIKE YOU ARE

    WATCHING HIM DURING FIGHT NIGHT!



  77. hehehe Says:

    Pacquiao took a moment in his clowning around the ring to do his impression of Mayweather’s patented defense. Everyone was all smiles as he exaggerated pulling away from imaginary punches to his own delight.

    “Floyd is good,” Manny said at one point. “… but he is the former pound-for-pound king.”

    I WOULD HAVE LOVE TO SEE THAT hehe,



  78. jacolito Says:

    wow. i felt like watching karate kid.



  79. KishanDane Says:

    great read!!! really really nice article…we hope to read more from you!!!



  80. arkie Says:

    Brilliantly written. The childlike laughter of manny was perfectly described by the author. That’s my man, Go manny! Mabuhay ka!



  81. DCRJ Says:

    Nice write-up. This article seems like a chapter in Manny Pacquiao’s life suitable as a script for a Manny Pacquiao movie.



  82. Jingo Says:

    excellent writing skills! kudos to you!



  83. ukyo Says:

    damnit! superb and very well written! …i almost wet my pants while reading this article. yeah why not write a book about pacman like the other guy said? you certainly have the craft! perfect buddy! perrrrrrrfect article!



  84. Phoocquiao Says:

    two words….well done man.



  85. Dale Nunez-Dagcutan Says:

    Wow!! what a article!! Nice one, ACE!! I read it 10 times!!



  86. shin Says:

    What’s going on with idol Pacquiao on that photo? Now Master Freddie Roach we just want Manny to win his bouts not kill. LOL



  87. BOXINGPRIDE Says:

    nice article!..more power!



  88. PDaza Says:

    Wow!! Amazing article with great details.. I’ll be looking forward to reading the next one.



  89. ray_traveller Says:

    i like this article so much. i’m tired of reading some rehash news.



  90. bigPoppa Says:

    Great, fascinating read about the Real Champ! Thanks, you made us feel like were inside the gym as well.



  91. Fightfanz Says:

    Nice article, a great read about the sweet science of boxing. Keep it up! Boxing fans need this kind of interesting writings. Absolutely worth reading. Thank you.



  92. Zhikiting Says:

    wow! very great article, i even saved it in my personal file. bolshoi spocibo!



  93. Ace Freeman Says:

    Thank you for the kind words.

    It was a great experience and I felt very lucky to be able to witness Manny at work.

    I implore you to stay tuned for the video document of this afternoon which Ron Gabriel will have ready in a few weeks.

    I had a chance to view some of the footage tonight and if you want to see want an intimate look at how Manny trains, it’s going to be something to see.



  94. Myks02 Says:

    Great Article! Nicely done..



  95. Norman Mailer Says:

    I’m jealous of Ace Freeman’s writings.. he have me on the edge of my sit!



  96. kentox10 Says:

    reading this bring out a smile for a not so smiling guy like me, what more if your there in the exact place? lol, cant even imagine it. nice article.



  97. Siciliano Says:

    Nice one Ace , wow it must’ve been great to watch Coach Freddy and Manny go 12rnd mitts.. wow.. thanks for your article , great read , you really take the reader’s up close to ringside… I bet you enjoyed the way asians eat as well huh? haha… godspeed..



  98. aldwinx Says:

    wow! i thought i was reading a short story lolz… great article sir… hey you could right some more of your experiences with manny and perhaps make it into a book someday :)



  99. JoePisca Says:

    Ellegant, just like the man inside this story.



  100. Alabangboys Says:

    Wow. really good reads. thank you.



  101. bagsy Says:

    ….very good article….but Manny’s picture is priceless! hahahahaha



  102. Flipper Says:

    Nice. I used to go to Manny’s training at Wildcard back in the Morales years. He is a serious student of the sweet science.

    Can’t wait for the time when Manny finally meet Pretty Boy. We’ll finally see Manny with the fury of a guy with bad intentions. Most of his fights had been against guys that he has a lot of respect for, including the next fight with Clottey.

    The fight with PBF will be different. Team Mayweather ended up dishonoring Manny’s name, and to us it’s really “death before dishonor”.

    We’ll see if Pretty Boy is man enough to take on Manny……



  103. mario Says:

    Ace,
    As others say, your style of writing this article is as if were actually watching the pacman training inside the gym. A very timely presentation for pacfans from around the world. Congratulations and more power to you !!!!!



  104. Anonymous Says:

    awesome article..nice piece sir..more pls..



  105. ken Says:

    nice article very well written



  106. joebentvice Says:

    mr. freeman, awesome article. read it three times already :)



  107. Boging Says:

    Is there any award for the Most Coward fighter of the year?
    For a phenomenal fighter Floyd Mayweather.
    make it a decade.



  108. fightfan10 Says:

    It’s no coincidence that the two greatest fighters in the world are also the ones who train the hardest. People can say what they want about Floyd and Manny but their work ethic is what got them to where they are. Nobody works harder than they do and it shows in their fights. And I know all us fans are really looking foward to the showdown later this year but we shouldn’t overlook their next fights because either one can lose. Mosley can very well beat Floyd on May 1st and then beat Pacquiao also later in the year and Clottley is not really an elite fighter like those 3 but can get lucky and pull an upset. Either way I think the stage is set for some really good superfights this year



  109. EsGuerrero Says:

    Ang galing ng pagkasulat!(tagalog version of ‘This article is very well written!)



  110. Jumbo Smith Says:

    hey baby bubba Ace
    good write up, my home boy shawn porter gives a shout out on some good vibes about you!
    hook up with him Ace!



  111. Treva Says:

    Great piece of writing, Ace. You should write for Boxing News, cos since Claude Abrams’s departure the format has changed, there are soooo many blind-stupid errors and it’s turning more into a tabloid with sweeping statements and tactless discourse. Don’t mean to hate, but I HAVE just renewed my subscription and am getting annoyed with it.



  112. Anonymous Says:

    Does he train daily or is he at Wild Card only on certain days? The reason i’m asking because i’m trying to meet him and i’m driving down there from the Fresno area. So I wanna have a better idea on his training schedule.
    Thanks
    (lefty7605@gmail.com)



  113. Shocker Says:

    Ace, that’s what I wanted to hear from you! You just hit the mark right there! thanks.



  114. G Says:

    putang ina shet, galing



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