June 29, 2006 Friday
here for manny pacquiao
and oscar larios statistics
Four days before the fight and one think Manny Pacquiao may have over done his
weight loss procedure. It’s because he looks thin and underweight as he
prepares for the big fight against Mexico’s Oscar Larios on Saturday morning
at the Araneta Coliseum.
But his impoverished look is simply the result of his strict diet as he sweats
to reach the 130 lbs limit in the 12-round encounter that appears as the country’s
biggest sporting event of the year.When he left last month to begin training
with Freddie Roach, Pacquiao weighed about 145 lbs. But he’s on way to
make the limit, judging at the way he looks now.
"I might even weigh under 130 lbs during the official weigh in (set at
the Discovery Suites on Saturday)," Pacquiao said after his third to the
last workout at the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) gym
yesterday. When he knocked out Erik Morales last January, Pacquiao weighed 128
1/2 lbs and against Larios this weekend, he expects to point the scales at a
little below the limit of 130.
"Labang-laban na ako," Pacquiao said as he was preparing to leave
the gym and head back to his base at the Manila Hotel. But Pacquiao is not the
only one full of eagerness to climb the ring. Oscar Larios, too.
According to his manager Rafael Mendoza, Larios is spending his free time watching
tapes of past Pacquiao fights hoping to see a twist which he could take advantage
"We have been watching fights of Pacquiao against different opponents and
we try to look for his strong as well as weak points," Mendoza told scribes
over breakfast at the The Discovery Suites yesterday in Pasig. "Anybody
who doesn’t respect Pacquiao is crazy," Mendoza said as he paid honor
to the Filipino’s reputation as one of the fight game’s most feared
punchers. "A lot of people in Mexico think we are going on a mission impossible,
but that’s how it is in boxing, you have to take risks. "But nobody’s
unbeatable," he said, then mentioned past instances when the heavy favorite
lost to underdogs.
"Tyson was 60-1 against Buster Douglas and Tyson got knocked out. Even
Pacquiao was the underdog against (Marco Antonio) Barrera in Texas in 2003 and
Barrera was knocked out (by Pacquiao)," Mendoza said. But Pacquiao’s
handlers are uninterested with Mendoza’s storyline.
Pacquiao’s team is so sure about victory that a date, Nov. 18, has been
set for his rubber match with Morales in Las Vegas. Probably even if he loses
or wins this fight. But Mendoza is a firm believer in his boy’s destiny.
He believes Larios has what it takes to score an upset.
"Oscar and his team did not come here as tourists. We came to win,"
NOTES: Manny Pacquiao was unhappy when he learned that the sports media do not
have a ringside seat on fight day at the Araneta Coliseum. "Ngayon lang
ako nakarinig na sa upper box ang media. Tumanda na ako sa boksing ngayon lang
ako nakarinig ng ganyan. Masyado na silang sugapa at suwapang." Pacquiao
then guaranteed the press that he will make representations for them to have
a better seat. Last night, however, reports said the press will now be assigned
lower box seats.
-- Oscar Larios usually feeds on fruits, omelets and juice during breakfast,
corn flakes and yoghurt during lunch and pasta, vegetable, fish and salad during
dinner at the fabulous Restaurant 5 at the fifth floor of the Discovery Suites
in Ortigas Center, Pasig. "We like it here very much," said Larios’
agent Rafael Mendoza, who is being assisted during their stay by Gemma V. Batoon,
director of marketing for the hotel.
--Michael Domingo has formally replaced Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista as
the opponent for Mexican Alejandro Montiel. Bautista is down with the flu.
-- Seen at the Mall of Asia a few days ago were Freddie Roach and members of
Pacquiao’s US management team. Roach was crowded by shoppers who instantly
recognized the bespectacled trainer.