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Friday, 24 April 2015 14:41

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BY BOB JALDON

 

Los Angeles, CA. — About 50 avid fans gathered outside the Wildcard gym anxiously awaiting to get a glimpse of their idol, the fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao. At around 4 in the afternoon, the eight-time world champion hurried down the steel stairs of Freddie Roach’s sweat gym to catch an interview with Jimmy Kimmel.

But before boarding his SL550 Mercedez Benz sports car, Pacquiao was gracious enough to wave at the crowd, although there were no hand-shakes, autographs nor ambush interviews. His brother, Bobby, said that Manny was on track in his training and doing dilligent workouts. Today (Thursday) he will jog at Pan-Pacific park starting at 7 am and will stop in-between runs to oblige some snap-shots with the fans.

An Afro-American boxer who trains at the Wildcard gym and who claims to be a friend of Pacquiao said that the Filipino boxing icon is all set to go. Pacquiao’s entourage leaves for Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday. One of Pacquiao’s close associates said that Monday has always been the designated day that the Filipino prize fighter leaves for Las Vegas, which is five days before any fight.

Three Mexican-Americans who were also waiting to see Pacquiao said that if there’s anybody who can defeat Floyd Mayweather, Jr., it’s Pacquiao. “If there’s a boxer who can catch Mayweather, it’s Pacquiao. We hope that he (Pacquiao) floors him on the third round,” said a fan who brought along his two children to see Pacquiao.

The odds for the fight have not changed. But most Filipinos in L.A. are betting on a draw. Some are giving it to Mayweather on a split-decision. No one’s calling a knockout either way.