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Manny Pacquiao Starts Training in Los Angeles for May 2 Bout

It has been billed as the fight of the century or what some are calling the best boxing match of all time, on May 2 in Las Vegas Floyd Mayweather will square off against Manny Pacquiao.

The boxers however, have a long two months ahead of them as they start training to prepare for that big night at the MGM Garden Arena.

On Saturday night Manny Pacquiao with a career record of 57-5-2 and 39 KOs, arrived in Los Angeles to start his training, which he will do at the Wildcard Gym, in preparation for Floyd Mayweather, 47-0 and 26 KOs, the WBA/WBC welterweight champion.

A large contingent of Pacquiao fans along with hoards of media were on hand to greet the Filipino at Los Angeles’ LAX airport Saturday. However, instead of exiting the airport to meet fans and reporters, Pacquiao reportedly took a backdoor exit to leave the airport.

Obviously, the people on hand were disappointed after fighting with traffic to arrive for the chance to get a passing glance of the 36-year old Pacquiao.

Later that night, the Filipino posted on a boxing website that the Los Angeles head of immigration led he and his entourage to the backdoor so he was not aware of the many fans and reporters who had been waiting for him to walk outside. He apologized to them all.

Often times Pacquiao is greeted by throngs of media and fans when he arrives in the U.S. It would have been a huge surprise and rare circumstance if Pacquiao were to arrive and no one came to see him.

Today, March 2, Pacquiao begins working out at Wildcard Gym with Buboy Fernandez his assistant trainer and Justin Fortune his conditioning and strength coach.

Freddie Roach, the main trainer for Pacquaio, will arrive a week from today in the U.S. to start training Pacquiao. Roach is with Zou Shiming the two-time gold medalist in Macau, China getting him ready for his title shot on Saturday night.

This will be Pacquiao’s first tough fight since he was beaten up for six rounds in 2012 by Juan Manuel Marquez. Since that fight 3 years ago, Pacquiao has matched up against soft opponents such as Brandon Rios, Tim Bradley and Chris Algieri.

Pacquiao will find out very quickly how different those three fighters are from Mayweather when he gets into the squared circle on May 2.

The soft opponents helped Pacquiao get back to winning form but will likely not help him in any way get ready for what he will face when he faces off against an opponent who has been called pound for pound the best fighter of all time.

While Pacquiao trains at the Wildcard Gym, it will be closed to the public. The traffic control through the gym needs to be controlled so Pacquiao can focus completely on preparing for the May 2 fight without needless interruptions or distractions. The Filipino needs to concentrate all he can during training if he wants to give Mayweather a run for his money.