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Pacquiao ends heavy training; LA trip set

Manny Pacquiao has reached the zenith of his buildup for the Jessie Vargas clash on Nov. 5 after doing ten full rounds of sparring over the weekend, the same number of rounds the Filipino legend will do today before he begins to cool down.

“We are ready to go,” Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach just before presiding over another day of intense training yesterday.

“No worries, nothing,” said Roach, who came over to Manila four weeks ago to supervise Pacquiao’s run-up for his crack at Vargas’ World Boxing Organization welterweight crown at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Previously, Roach had Pacquiao doing 12 rounds of sparring but “this time we will peak at 10 (rounds).”

Before they fly to Los Angeles this Saturday night, Pacquiao will do three more sparring sessions mainly against Jose Ramirez, a Roach fighter imported to specifically simulate Vargas’ fighting style.

A local recruit was also tapped to help out Ramirez but when they set up camp at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood beginning Oct. 24, Ramirez will have Abraham Lopez, another Mexican-American puncher, as reliever.

Manny Pacquiao warms up before a recent workout.

Manny Pacquiao warms up before a recent workout.