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Pacquiao in shape and training hard

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Manny Pacquiao reported to trainer Freddie Roach's Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles, and according to observers is looking fit and motivated.

Philboxing's Ed de la Vega Freddie Roach himself, who has in the past been very vocal with his concerns about Pacquiao's focus and training habits, was sounding positive. "When Manny gets into serious training, he trains as if there is no tomorrow."

This is all good news for those of us that are anxiously awaiting Marquez-Pacquiao II, because I think everyone is confident that Juan Manuel Marquez will be in great shape and come to fight hard. Even with the win over Barrera that made him a bigger star than he's ever been, Marquez is still behind Pacquiao in the minds of most, the second-best fighter in the 130-pound division. This is Marquez's chance to become a superstar.

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