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    Manny Pacquiao returns to 'dual citizen' life as fighter, lawmaker ahead of Jeff Horn fight

    Apr 14, 2017
    Manny Pacquiao is set to begin training for the Jeff Horn fight in the first week of May. Jhay Otamias

    THREE weeks from now, expect to see boxing hero Manny Pacquiao running every morning in the vicinity of his Big City residence inside posh Forbes Park as he once again splits his time between a fighter and a lawmaker.

    By the first week of May, the 38-year-old will begin his buildup for his coming fight with unheralded Australian Jeff Horn, the anointed challenger for his Word Boxing Organization welterweight crown, under the 10-week period Pacquiao normally allots for his training.

    Pacquiao and the former school teacher face off in a 12-round showdown on July 2 at the 55,000-seat Suncorp Arena in Brisbane where the Filipino eight-division champ's 147-pound title belt will be on the line.

    Like when he recaptured his title at the expense of Mexican-American Jessie Vargas last November, Paquiao has to follow a busy regimen as he mixes his tasks as lawmaker with his training.

    That means getting upat 4 a.m. for roadwork, taking his breakfast after take a short nap then driving to his Senate office.

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    His job as senator will have him attending sessions which starts mid-afternoon and normally drag on to 8 to 9 p.m. He would then hurry to a nearby gym for the two-hour ring training.

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    Counting the bible study sessions and public appearances the father of five usually attends with wife Jinkee, Pacquiao normally calls it a night by midnight of beyond.

    “Mahirap, no? But I managed to do that in my last fight against (Jessie) Vargas, kakayanin uli natin yan ngayon,” Pacquiao assured.

    “Well, talagang ganyan ang buhay ng pagiging public servant. Pinili kong magsilbi sa tao sa pamamagitan ng pagsisilbi gobiyerno at sa pagiging boksingero, so walang dahilan para mag-rerklamo.

    “Besides I enjoy playing the role of a dual citizen. Basta makapagpaligaya ako ng tao okay lang."

    Pacquiao disclosed that on session days on Mondays up to Wednesdays, training will be in Manila. He’ll then fly home to his hometown General Santos City from Thursdays to Sundays and resumes preparation at his own Pacman Gym.

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    “Gusto ko ring makita ang pamilya ko kahit weekend lang. Pagdating ng laban, di na naman kami madgkikita-kita nang matagal,” he said, referring to children Jimuel, Michael, Princess, Queenie and Israel.

    Hall of Fame chief trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune will be joining him at some point in the Manila training.

    Assistant trainers Buboy Nonoy Neri and Roger “Haplas” Fernandez will overwsee the program unti Roach and Fortune fly in.

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