Pacquiao takes time off from training to be with Jinkee, kids in Batangas outing
Manny Pacquiao calls off Saturday training to be with his family. Wendell Alinea

DESPITE the late start to his camp, Manny Pacquiao felt the first few days training was good enough to wrap up the first week early.

Pacquiao, in an early start to his preparations for the July 2 title fight with Australia’s Jeff Horn, called off his Saturday training  and instead joined wife Jinkee and children Jimuel, Michael, Princess, Queenie and Israel at Pico de Loro Beach Club in Nasugbu, Batangas.

“Jinkee and the children have been in Batangas the past week na at siyempre na-miss ko  na sila,” the reigning three-time World Boxing Organization welterweight champion told SPIN.ph  in a phone interview.

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“Naging maganda naman ang naging training ko the past five days so I decided to call it a day muna,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion, said his family actually flew with him to Manila from General Santos City two weeks ago when the Philippine Senate resumed session.

“Isinama na ni Jinkee pagluwas namin kasi school break naman. When I started training, I told them to take a vacation kaya nagkahiwalay na naman  kami,” he explained.

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“By June pasukan na naman sa school and they’ll be back in the province. Malulungkot na naman kami pare-preho. Naisip ko magsama-sama na muna kami habang may panahon pa bago mag-seryoso ang ensayo.”

Pacquiao’s closest aides were surprised by the sudden change in schedule.

“Friday evening lang nang mag-decide na pumunta ng Batangas although a few days pa he insinuated to us na baka sumunod nga dahil nami-miss na nga daw si Ma’m Jinkee at mga bata,” Choi Garcia, the champ’s executive director in his Senate office, said.

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“Nagulat nga kami. Naghahanda na kami ni Buboy pumunta ng gym nang sabihing sa Batangas kami tutuloy,” assistant trainer Roger “Haplas” Fernandez said.

“Ganyan naman talaga si Boss, kapag naalaala ang mga bata, biglang magyaya kahit saan sila nandoon.”

Chief security officer Caloy Homo wasn’t that surprised, though.

“Hindi na ako nagulat. Matagal ko nang kasama si Boss at kilala ko na siya na kapag pamilya, unang pag-uukulan niya ng pansin. Kahit gaano ka-importante ang ginagawa.”

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After Friday’s session highlighted by nine rounds with the mitts, Pacquiao raised his volume to 37 rounds.

Counting the 30 more rounds with the heavy bag, double end ball and speed ball, skipping rope and shadow boxing and the Pacman would be heading to the second week of his buildup starting Monday logging 76 rounds.

The next phase of the program is to regain his punching power. He last fought in November, winning a unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas. 

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