Training in PH a boost to Pacquiao: Arum
MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum was not surprised to see Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao perform so well against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in his comeback fight recently in Macau.
In an interview with USA Today, Arum partly credited Pacquiao’s performance to his training in the Philippines, instead of in Los Angeles.
“I visited him in General Santos three weeks before the fight, and I could see he was a different guy,” Arum said. “As best as I could figure out, the reason was simple.”
“When he’s in L.A., he trains all day and goes home at night. So he stays on the phone all night, talking and texting to his wife and political people. He gets no sleep,” Arum explained.
The lack of sleep and rest showed in Pacquiao’s recent performances, Arum said, pointing to the Filipino’s problems of legs cramps in his other fights.
“Sleep-deprived and tired, that’s why the cramping and all that sort of stuff. He was not getting the proper rest,” he said.
Pacquiao opted to train in the Philippines for his fight against Rios, which made more sense as the bout was to held in Macau. He was joined by trainer Freddie Roach in the second half of a long training camp that Pacquiao claimed was one of the best of his career.
“When he trains in the Philippines,” Arum said of Pacquiao, “he has to go to sleep at night, because everyone else in the Philippines is sleeping.”
The work that Pacquaio put in training showed against Rios, as he dominated the younger fighter with his speed and movement en route to a unanimous decision victory.