Manny Pacquiao to do all training for Brandon Rios in his native Philippines

Manny Pacquiao typically trains at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, which is home to his trainer Freddie Roach. Sometimes Pacquiao will start training in his native Philippines, then come to Wild Card for the last month to six weeks.

However, Roach told this newspaper Thursday that Pacquiao will do all his training in the Philippines for his Nov. 23 fight against Brandon Rios (on HBO pay-per-view). That’s because the fight venue, the Venetian Resort Casino in Macao, China, is not far from the area of the Philippines in which Pacquiao will train.

“We have to consider the jet-lag issue,” Roach said. “Macao is only an hour and a half away (by plane).”

Roach said he didn’t relish the idea of being away from his gym for an extended period of time, but that this is what’s best for Pacquiao, who is coming off a devastating sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez this past December in Las Vegas.

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  • LarryLurex70

    Easier to keep the girls away from Manny (and vice versa), too, eh Fred?

    • Hey, Larry: yeah, supposedly Manny is keeping on the straight and narrow in THAT regard. But you never know. …