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Pacquiao eager toget back to training

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao is raring to get back in training so he could whip himself into form against Tim Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum told the Bulletin yesterday that Pacquiao has already finalized his training camp details in coordination with trainer Freddie Roach.

“Manny’s going back to the Philippines immediately after the press tour,” Arum said from Los Angeles where Pacquiao and Bradley will appear in a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday morning in Manila).

After the LA media gig, Pacquiao and Bradley will fly to New York for a similar gig there on Thursday (Friday in Manila).

Arum said Roach will head to the Philippines in late this month after working the corner of Chinese Olympic legend Zou Shiming in Macau on Feb. 22.

Roach will preside over Pacquiao’s buildup in General Santos City until mid-March as they are scheduled to get back to the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood for the final five weeks.

Pacquiao is guaranteed $20 million, while Bradley gets $5 million, an amount the unbeaten US fighter says doesn’t bother him at all since he knows that the Filipino draws the big numbers.

Meanwhile, Arum expressed optimism that the second meeting between Pacquiao and Bradley will produce much better numbers on pay-per-view.

Last time the two met in June 2012, the fight generated less than a million subscriptions.

Arum, who will hold court during the LA and New York press conferences, said it is safe to assume that the rematch will hit at least a million buys as a lot of things have chanmged since their last showdown. (Nick Giongco)