AFTER taking part in a tense Senate committee hearing on extra judicial killings, Manny Pacquiao still had enough energy to go for two more rigorous activities to cap his super busy Tuesday schedule.
Shortly after the session was adjourned at 5 p.m., the boxing hero immediately proceeded to the nearby Elorde Boxing Gym at the 5 E-Comm Center inside the SM Mall of Asia grounds for his second day of training for his November 5 fight against WBO welterweight champion Jesse Vargas.
There Pacquiao went through his usual routine made of shadow boxing, punching of mitts, heavy bag, double end bag, speed bag and skipping rope supervised by longtime assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez.
After a four-month layoff, the 37-year old former pound for pound king was seen complaining of stomach cramps once in a while.
“Masakit talaga ang sit-ups at abdominal exercises sa una, lalo kung matagal tagal mo di ginawa. Pero ayos lang yun, mahalaga hindi ako nagpabaya sa kundisyon ko, kasi tumatakbo takbo at nagba-basketball naman ako kahit walang training,” assured Pacquiao.
The eight-division world boxing champion bared that he will devote enough time for training without compromising his work at the Senate.
“Hindi ako mag-a-absent sa Senate para sa training. Kaya ko naman i-manage ang time ko,” said Pacquiao, who took a nap inside his Senate office while the session was suspended.
After his boxing training, Pacquiao was not yet ready to cap his day as he was to proceed to the Azure Gym in Sucat, Paranaque to join his Senate Defenders basketball team’s practice for the UNTV Cup.
While most of his staffers already asked for permission to go home after his boxing training, Pacquiao says he still has energy left to play basketball.m
“May energy pa tayo, galing sa itaas 'yan. Kaya through His glory, nagagawa at na-manage natin bamuti ang commitments natin,” he said smiling.
Unfortunately for Pacquiao, the Senate basketball team called off practice at the last minute as most of his teammates, which includes fellow Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara, were exhausted from the day’s long hearing.
Being a senator, boxer and basketball player at the same time, Pacquiao was asked what is his priority and forte.
“Forte? Syempre boxing pero tapos na tayo dyan eh, kumbaga na prove na natin yung sa boxing. Sa Senado naman, hindi yan career eh, obligasyon mo dyan ang tulungan ang tao at gawin ang dapat mong gawin,” he said.
“Parang utusan ako ng buong sambayanang Pilipino (sa Senado) para gawin ang trabaho at mapaganda ang kinabukasan ng pamilya nila,” said Pacquiao.
The soft-spoken solon also bared that he is relishing his Senate stint and happy to craft laws that will better the lives of Filipinos. He has already filed two Senate bills: The death penalty re-imposition on drug peddlers and the re-enactment of the Philippine Sports Commission law and functions.
“Nag-eenjoy ako at kita mo naman, maaga pa lang andun na ako, nag-a-attend tayo ng committee meetings, tapos session, tapos after session, eto training,” said Pacquiao.
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