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Pacquiao Wants to train in Baguio, No Issues with Roach; Kessler-Perdomo, Andrade-Williams

By Eric Thomas: In an interview yesterday, Manny Pacquiao made it clear that he prefers that his training camp be conducted in Baguio, in the Philippines and not in Mexico.


His trainer Freddie Roach has been after Pacquiao to try and get him to train in Toluca, Mexico, a place which he feels will have far less distractions for Pacquiao then training in the Philippines. Roach isn’t the only one who has a preference for a training location.

Bob Arum, apparently, wants the training camp to be conducted in Vancouver, Canada. However, in the end, it looks as if the training camp for his November 14th fight against Miguel Cotto will be done in the Philippines, according to Abs-CBN News.


Pacquiao says that he has no problems with Roach, contrary to some of the gossip that has been floating around the net. Pacquiao will be meeting Roach next week as they begin their five city press tour to promote the Cotto-Pacquiao fight.

Pacquiao says he will be training for eight weeks, and no more than that. Roach wanted Pacquiao to start training already, but Pacquiao feels that he doesn’t need as much training as Roach wants and is adamant about eight weeks being enough time to get ready for Cotto.

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Kessler completes training for Perdomo bout

World Boxing Association super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KO’s) completed the sparring portion of his training for his bout against Italian challenger Gusmyr Perdomo on September 12th. Kessler, 30, will be finishing up his training in the next week and then will be fighting at the MCH Messecenter Herning, in Herning, Denmark, on September 12th.

Once this fight is past him, Kessler will be participating in the Super Six tournament in November, fighting Andre Ward in the group I. portion of the competition. Kessler is predicted to be the ultimate winner of the Super Six tourney. However, Kessler has some very tough competition in Carl Froch, Andre Dirrell, Ward, Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor. He may be in for a big surprise.

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Andrade vs. Williams tonight

Undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (6-0, 5 KO’s) will be fighting John Williams (3-0-1, 2 KO’s) tonight in a six-round bout at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode island. Andrade has looked quite good in breezing through his first six opponent since turning pro last year, knocking out five of six of them and going unbeaten. Williams is a tough opponent and this won’t be an easy fight for Andrade unless he’s fighting at the top of his game.

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