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Wistful Pacquiao back in Vegas

Manny Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS – As his RV (recreational vehicle) descended into the desert of Nevada at sundown Monday (Tuesday in the Philippines), Manny Pacquiao saw glimpses of his illustrious 15-year campaign in America pass by one after the other.

As he looks back to the day he made his US debut one hot summer day in June 2001, Pacquiao fondly remembers the good ‘ol days, the time when he went up against the crème dela crème of super-bantamweight up to super-welter.

“I fought everyone,” said Pacquiao in response to a visiting reporter’s question about any fighter he wished he should have faced in the ring.

The list is actually daunting: Oscar Dela Hoya, Shane Mosley, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Ricky Hatton, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and even Floyd Mayweather.

This Saturday, Pacquiao will try to annex Tim Bradley’s name to his glittering resume when they fight for the third time at the MGM Grand where a scrawny, unknown and blonde-haired Pacquiao showcased his power in 2001.