While Bob Arum was away, holding court in Houston last week and attending the memorial service for fellow Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward in Detroit, Manny Pacquiao was making heads turn at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.
“I have been told that Manny’s really looking great in training,” the Top Rank chief told AKTV on Wednesday shortly after heading back to Los Angeles from Motown for the Steward funeral.
Arum is returning to the Wild Card on Thursday to see for himself the progress of the Filipino’s buildup less than a month before the much-awaited fourth duel with Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Actually, Arum was on hand when Pacquiao first sparred two weeks ago and the 80-year-old promoter was a bit disappointed to see somebody like Pacquiao struggle offensively and defensively.
But after two days, Arum returned and was glad to see Pacquiao back in his element.
Still, Arum wants to see for himself if his leg is just being pulled the past several days while he was not around.
“Manny has to win big,” said Arum.
Pacquiao looked superb according to those were allowed to see Pacquiao train and spar on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles.
Trainer Freddie Roach has advised Pacquiao to be busier in the fourth fight, knowing that an all-action fighter with lightning-quick reflexes would trouble Marquez.
Pacquiao will train at the Wild Card until Dec. 3, the day he heads to Sin City with his massive entourage.