When welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao flew from the Philippines to Macau this week in advance of his fight with Chris Algieri on Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET) at the Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena, he came with a massive group.
Pacquiao brought two planes loaded with guests, along with his team -- 380 or so in all. Even by Pacquiao's typically massive entourage standards, that is a lot of people and has the potential for a lot of distraction.
One Pacquiao camp insider told ESPN.com this week that although Pacquiao put in a great training camp physically, there were a lot of distractions. And now, with all these people in Macau who are part of his group, it means the potential for even more.
"[They] will not only distract but disrupt Manny's fight-week prep and rest," the camp insider said. "Both Manny and [trainer] Freddie [Roach] looked exhausted when they arrived."
Roach downplayed it, but admitted he was not at all happy about all the people.
"I'm not happy about that, not at all," Roach said. "Half the people on the planes, Manny doesn't even know their names. But the worst thing is they came so early in the week. They will be all over Manny. If they came on the night of the fight, fine. I asked Manny about it. He knows I was not happy. I told him it's a little f---ing crazy."
So what was the Pacman's response?
"He just smiled at me. He doesn't care. But that's a lot of people. Two planes," Roach said.
Roach denied there were any notable distractions during the camp in the Philippines, other than Pacquiao's decision to play in the season opener of the professional basketball league he plays and coaches in. He said Pacquiao was good about not getting too involved with his political job as a congressman in the Philippines during camp.
"He had a good training camp. He had no distractions, no politics," Roach said. "The only real distraction was the seven minutes of basketball [he played in the season opener]."