Pacquiao now calls
Roach ‘My boxing master’
By ALEX P. VIDAL /
LAS VEGAS, Nevada –
Manny Pacquiao flashed a smile most of the time during the final press
conference of the “Pacquiao vs Cotto: Firepower” at the Hollywood
Theater in MGM Grand, here, November 11 , as he announced a change in
the way he addresses his adopted father and coach, Freddie Roach.
“He is now my boxing
master,” Pacquiao, 30, declared. “I used to call him coach Freddie,
but now I am calling him my boxing master.”
the support of his training staff that included conditioning adviser
Alex Ariza and friend Buboy Fernandez for his preparations to snatch
Miguel Angel Cotto’s WBO welterweight bauble and the chance to pocket
seven world boxing titles in different divisions.
After arriving by land
from a five-hour trip from Hollywood to Las Vegas on November 9,
Pacquiao, who is expected to relinquish his International Boxing
Organization (IBO) light welterweight crown for a chance to dethrone
Cotto, continued to engage in light workouts at the
IBA Gym in Tropicana where he was followed by a horde of fans
carrying all sorts of souvenir items for his signature.
Pacquiao was the last
to leave the Hollywood Theater en route to
IBA Gym after the media forum where he was swarmed by
mostly Hispanic-speaking journalists from
Puerto Rico and
When asked why Time
magazine, which featured him in its most recent issue, considered him
more than just a world champion, he quipped, “it is my great pleasure
to help my countrymen who are in need.”
He was referring to
victims of super typhoons in the
that killed hundreds of fellow Filipinos and rendered thousands of
them homeless. Pacquiao, who was training in
Baguio City when the
typhoon slammed, donated goods to the victims and personally led a
special team to distribute them.
His gesture generated
a big publicity and was monitored by international media.
“I wish to remain
humble and I only want to provide happiness and entertainment to my
countrymen and my family,” Pacquiao explained.
Before going to bed at
8 o’clock in the evening, Pacquiao gathers a selected group of family
members and friends for a prayer inside his posh hotel room on the
60th floor of The Hotel, Mandalay Bay’s adjacent building.
On Saturday, history
will be made in boxing, Paquiao vowed.