Pacquiao finds rest refreshing

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One year removed from active duty, Manny Pacquiao feels his hibernation has only made him a much-improved fighter.

 

Fans were horrified the last time the Filipino boxing icon saw action as Juan Manuel Marquez sent him into the dreamland during their bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Dec. 8, 2012.

It was Pacquiao’s worst defeat in a stellar career.

Next month, Pacquiao comes out of a long rest as he faces the wild-swinging Brandon Rios at The Venetian in Macau on Nov. 24, needing no less than a smashing showing to revive his career.

During a recent teleconference call, Pacquiao said he feels extra-special and that the inactivity has worked for him and not against him as he prepares to take the sting out of his young and hungry Mexican-American rival.

“(I feel) very fresh, fast and strong,” said Pacquiao from his training camp in General Santos City.

Instead of returning to the ring following the Marquez debacle, Pacquiao opted to relax his 34-year-old body, enabling him to rethink what had happened the previous year.

Pacquiao said he has gotten over the fourth Marquez fight, stressing that losing is simply a “part of boxing.”

As he enters the most crucial stage of his buildup for the 27-year-old Rios, Pacquiao is upbeat about his chances of redeeming himself from his last performance.

“Training hard and focus are important,” said Pacquiao, who has to look vintage against Rios to gain the respect and admiration of fight fans. Manila Bulletin