Photos: Pacquiao Starts 2019 With Hard Sparring, Workout

Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao took part in his first workout in 2019, at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. Photos by Wendell Alinea.

Pacquiao skipped the morning jog, but he sparred for 12 rounds: 4 against Arnold Gonzalez, 4 against Lydell Rhodes, 4 against George Kambosos Jr. - had four rounds of mitts with Buboy Fernandez - plus the usual heavy bag, double-end bag, speed bag and skipping rope.

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Boxer laureate Manny Pacquiao is back!  Hailed as a national treasure by his fellow Filipinos, Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the BWAA's reigning Fighter of the Decade, is in his most intense phase of training as he prepares for his WBA welterweight world title defense against four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), of Cincinnati.  Pacquiao vs. Broner takes place on Saturday, January 19, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  It will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® and presented by Premier Boxing Champions beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.    

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After arriving to a throng of media at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal Saturday evening and attending church services with his family on Sunday, it was back to business on Monday morning where Manny greeted the sunrise with a five-mile run up the hills to the Hollywood sign immediately followed by a rigorous session of strength and conditioning with Justin Fortune.  The afternoon saw Buboy Fernandez put Manny through his paces for close to three hours at Wild Card.

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On Christmas, after another long run and strength and conditioning in the morning, Manny sparred eight rounds with three different partners, followed by another hour of mitt work with Roach before he tore into the heavy bag.  Following his Wednesday run, Manny was greeted by a representative from VADA for a random drug test.  After his blood was taken, Manny cheerily predicted he would test positive for excellence.  Fernandez, sensing that jetlag was finally settling in, gave Manny the afternoon off to rest.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MisanthropicNY on 01-02-2019

[QUOTE=YER DADDY;19403236]PacMan after that Gloyd re-match money. USA taxman $18mil. Philipines tax man $75 mil. He has no option but to win vs Broner or go to prison. Broner a sweet guy at heart but unsophisticated and beaten down by…

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 01-02-2019

When are people going to start recognizing this man as what he is - the GOAT. Nobody moved up more weight classes and took more risks. Nobody has been more consistent. The guy never took long layoffs to beat drug…

Comment by YER DADDY on 01-02-2019

As a matter of fact I AM a CPA. Can Punk Anyone. Do not be butthurt cuzz your heart has tax problems AGAIN. Lol. Dude is just ignorant when it comes to money. Think about it my son. His manager…

Comment by Spoon23 on 01-02-2019

[QUOTE=Deontay Wilder;19403371]70 fights and he still looks solid. The willpower of this man is phenomenal.[/QUOTE] And the best part is, he's always been clean. #PHENOM [IMG][/IMG]

Comment by Deontay Wilder on 01-02-2019

70 fights and he still looks solid. The willpower of this man is phenomenal.

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