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Pacquiao to begin conditioning for Bradley fight this month

Realizing that it’s been four months since he last fought, Manny Pacquiao will soon don his running suit and start his warmup for the eight-week training camp leading to his June 9 welterweight title defense against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“Medyo matagal na din yung last fight ko so kailangan na ulit magpapawis,” Pacquiao said late Saturday night when he attended the PSA Awards Night at the Manila Hotel.

Pacquiao, who turns 34 in December, said he will start running within the month as he gets ready for the three-week camp in Baguio City and the final five weeks at the Wild Card in Hollywood, California.

Pacquiao struggled badly against Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez last November also at the MGM Grand and is looking forward to a smashing knockout win against the 28-year-old Bradley, who is undefeated in 28 fights.

“Eight weeks pa rin ang training nati kasi mahirap balewalain si Bradley,” said Pacquiao, who is in the twilight of a stellar career.

Pacquiao plans to fight one more in November and maybe, one or two more in 2013 before calling it quits.

Pacquiao’s presence at the PSA Awards Night came as a surprise because he was neither an awardee or a performer, but his arrival brightened up the evening.

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