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Manny Pacquiao Delays LA Training Until October 27

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Los Angeles - "Fighter of the Decade" Manny Pacquiao has decided to delay his arrival in Los Angeles to begin training at the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach for his fourth fight against Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez scheduled at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on December 8.

BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard learned that Pacquiao, who was scheduled to arrive tomorrow, had decided to postpone his arrival until October 27 and to continue training in his hometown of General Santos City.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told us that Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz would probably leave for Manila on Monday to try and convince Pacquiao to make it at least by October 20.

Arum appeared peeved at the sudden postponement since many of the activities to promote the fight entailed the presence of both Pacquiao and Marquez and that as a promoter he couldn't merely feature Marquez.

Arum told BoxingSceneStandard "Manny has to decide whether he is a boxer or he's a politician. I would like for the next two months for him to be a boxer and then the politics will take care of itself when he finishes the fight with Marquez. But that's up to him."

The Top Rank promoter, whose contract with Pacquiao was recently extended for one more year until December 31, 2014, cautioned Pacquiao that the fourth encounter with Marquez "is going to be a completely different fight from the fights they've had before. Each guy is going to go out for a knockout and it better be the best Manny Pacquiao that shows up."

Efforts to contact Koncz to find out the reason for the postponed arrival proved fruitless.

Roach told us earlier that the Wild Card Gym would be closed from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. once Pacquiao begins training which he had told Roach would be on Monday, October 15.

Raymund Beltran, one of the sparring partners lined up for Pacquiao appeared disappointed when he learned of the postponement.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by brickcityboxing on 10-13-2012

[QUOTE=richardt;12598819]Schooled? Dont be a damn idiot. All 3 fights were close and could go either way. Getting schooled is what happens when a fighter loses 10 of 12 rounds.[/QUOTE] ^^^^^^^^ 9 rounds to 3 in the third fight couldnt be…

Comment by tusc1976 on 10-13-2012

[QUOTE=apope177;12600164]Please guys read between the lines... If u notice pacquiao has been very defiant towards arum. The nov date change, delay in arriving to vegas these are things pac never done i think he knows arum had something to do…

Comment by dawge on 10-13-2012

Marquez ko's manny!

Comment by Michael Paine on 10-13-2012

He's still training but not in the US, so what's with all the talk of not taking JMM seriously?

Comment by Dome on 10-13-2012

hahaha, what an idiot. how can he take a man who beat him CLEARLY at least 2 times of his last 3 fights. Pac does not have it in him anymore. Just retire if you are going to get in…

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