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Koncz and Ariza Deny Rumors That Pacquiao Had The Flu

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz has debunked reports that the “Fighter of the Decade” had the flu and indicated all he had was an irritated stomach probably caused by something he ate.

Koncz told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard there was no way Pacquiao could have been down with a fever since he sparred twelve rounds on  Saturday with three different sparring partners and “looked great.”

Koncz said Pacquiao demonstrated his speed, footwork and power and was in fine physical condition.

He said Pacquiao is “right on schedule and training camp is going very well.”

In  a separate interview with the Standard, strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza said reports that Pacquiao was ill were “not true at all” and that when he sparred on Saturday, Pacquiao “looked very good.”

He said the cramps he had suffered in his legs in the past “have completely gone” and Pacquiao himself had said he was not bothered by it any more.

Ariza said that with sparring expected to taper off this week “its time to close it out” in preparation for Pacquiao’s defense of his bWBO welterweight title against undefeated Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9.

Ariza said Pacquiao was eating heartily in order to “keep his weight on.”

The strength and conditioning guru who has been with Team Pacquiao since some two weeks before Pacquiao demolished WBC lightweight champion David Diaz and through his spectacular victories over Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito among others weighed between 150-152 pounds which was just right at this time.

Ariza also told us he will merely concentrate on his job of getting Pacquiao into the best shape possible for the Bradley showdown and will not get sidetracked into talking about any reported differences with members of Team Pacquiao .

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by p4p-champ on 05-29-2012

Thank god, i was starting to worry that the paper-champ was having another episode of acid reflux. :nonono:

Comment by DeadLikeMe on 05-29-2012

Pac had bottle flu...he and his religious "advisor" spent so much time getting drunk and banging hot LA Fil-Am girls that Pacquiao came down with a dangerous case of "Bottle Flu" this morning...good news to hear he survived though!

Comment by sirron000 on 05-29-2012

Anything to bring excitement to this fight...SMH

Comment by SpeedKillz on 05-29-2012

paul williams just got paralyzed from the waist down, but this news that pac may or may not have had the flu really makes my heart ache in worry... :booty::booty::booty:

Comment by Jerub Baal on 05-29-2012

[QUOTE=WALTER WHITE;12182189]Kinda funny that Ronnie used to crown Pac as "Fighter of the Decade and Pound-for-Pound king" but now it's just "Fighter of the Decade". Even Ronnie knows that Pac is just #2.[/QUOTE] BoxingScene’s Pound for Pound Top Ten By…

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