Source : InterAKTV
|Freddie Roach[right] with Manny Pacquiao|
Hall of Fame cornerman Freddie Roach revealed over the weekend that Linares, a 25-year-old former world champion, will join him when he flies to Manila in the third week of September to preside over Pacquiao’s training camp.
Roach will spend three weeks with the Filipino pound-for-pound king in Baguio City then head back to the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood for the final five weeks.
“I was told that we begin training camp on Sept. 19 (Monday),” said Roach, who has been calling the shots in Pacquiao’s corner since June 2001.
Linares currently trains under the 51-year-old Roach for a fight scheduled against Mexican Antonio DeMarco on Oct. 15 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Roach said Linares’ right-hand style will be perfect for the initial phase of sparring.
“I think Linares will be good enough while we are in Baguio,” said Roach.
Marquez is also a righty like Linares and Roach said the once-beaten South American will be of great help even for a limited time.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao, Marquez and their respective handlers are embarking on a dizzying promotional tour of Manila, the US and Mexico, beginning Sept. 3 when the Quirino Grandstands hosts the main event fighters.
Marquez will arrive in the country on Sept. 1 and he’ll be accompanied by Top Rank chief Bob Arum.
From Manila, the tour will travel to New York (Sept. 5), Los Angeles (Sept. 6) and finally to Mexico City (Sept. 7).
Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz said his boss needs to fly back to the Philippines by Sept. 9 for a major commitment in relation to his job as congressman of Saranggani province.
The Chelsea Piers will be the venue in the Big Apple, while the Beverly Hills Hotel will be the one in LA and the vast Zocalo, where important events in Mexico’s history have taken place, will be the site of the final stop of the four-city tour.
Fred Sternburg, who handles Pacquiao’s publicity in the US, said his client will log in 25,000 flying miles in less than a week.
The Pacquiao-Marquez welterweight title brawl at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be shown by HBO.