Manny Pacquiao has finally arrived in the United States for the remainder of his training camp in preparation for his fourth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao arrived in Los Angeles from the Philippines on Philippine Airlines flight 102 at 8:05 p.m. PT Saturday -- only two weeks after he was supposed to arrive.
When the fight was made in mid-September, Pacquiao said that he planned to do his entire training camp in the United States, but later delayed his arrival because of his congressional schedule in the Philippines, which did not sit well with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum. He expected Pacquiao on Oct. 14, which forced him to scrap various promotional activities already scheduled.
Pacquiao has been training in the Philippines, but without trainer Freddie Roach. They will begin working together on Monday at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. Pacquiao is expected to begin sparring on Monday.
Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), the only eight-division champion in boxing history, will meet Marquez in a welterweight fight on Dec. 8 (HBO PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao leads the series 2-0-1 with all three outcomes quite debatable, especially his majority decision win in June November 2011, also at the MGM Grand.
Pacquiao elected to fight Mexico’s Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) for the fourth time rather than fight Timothy Bradley Jr. in a rematch of their massively controversial fight in June, which Bradley claimed via split decision to win a welterweight belt.