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Roach in town

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach blew into town yesterday morning, sounding over eager to get things done when he starts working with Manny Pacquiao.

Roach arrived from Los Angeles with Jose Ramirez, a 5-10 fighter who could mimic the moves of Jessie Vargas, the Mexican-American who is defending the world welterweight crown against the Filipino icon on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.
Roused from his sleep, Roach was all set to head to the nearby gym from his hotel room within the vast Mall of Asia grounds.

“It’s going to be work, work, work in the next few weeks,” said Roach, who had dispatched conditioning coach Justin Fortune last week to check on Pacquiao’s progress.