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LOS ANGELES, CA — Manny Pacquiao has begun full training at the Wildcard Gym in preparation for his December 8 match against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand.
Pacquiao arrived in the United States over the weekend after spending a few weeks training in the Philippines. Reports indicate while in the Philippines Pacquiao engaged in intense sparring, going as far as to make one sparring partner, identified as welterweight Anthony “Rocky” Marcial, quit after two sessions.
Currently, Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach have turned down numerous interview requests and closed sparring sessions to media, citing the need for focus.
The December 8 bout will be Pacquiao’s first fight since losing his WBO welterweight title on a controversial split decision to Timothy Bradley in June.