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Las Vegas, Nevada – When eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao described his training camp for his fight against Timothy Bradley, Jr. this Saturday as “heaven”, the fighting congressman of Sarangani Province was pertaining to how his God and religion has become an integral part of his camp.
In the words of his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, this camp saw the banishent of the usual old bad distractions, with new “better ones”.
“We had a really good training camp. Manny is very focused. He was able to get rid of a lot of disctractions in his life, and got some new distractions that are much better,” Roach said on the dais of the final press conference at the Hollywood Theater of the MGM Grand.
When I was at Pacquiao’s camp in Baguio, the changes were hard not to notice. After almost every round of shadowboxing, mitts, or hitting the bags, Pacquiao would spit Bible verses, and scriptures to onlookers. Even some negative forces around Pacquiao’s inner circle were cast out like the devil, according to one of the champ’s personal photographers.
Even after he ran and did his morning workouts, Pacquiao would conduct a Bible study session with fans who gathered to see him train. At the Wild Card Gym, much of the same scenes were seen and captured on HBO’s 24/7 feature. Pacquiao’s devotion to his religion and Bible preaching has become such a big part of his camp that even his pastor made it to the 4-part boxing documentary, as well as authors of best-selling inspirational books like “The Purpose Driven Life”, pastor Rick Warren, paid him visits.
Bradley, on the other hand, boasted of a hellacious camp that included going “vegan”, and free off any distractions in anticipation for the biggest fight of his career.
Who’s training will prevail this Saturday? Pacquiao’s heavenly-inspired, and inspirational camp? Or Bradley’s “no-nonsense”, and punishing grind to sharpen his knives against one of the sport’s most lethal weapons?
Betting odds have it that Pacquiao is almost a five-to-one favorite when heaven and hell collide this Saturday.
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