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Knowledge + Power: The Evolution of Manny Pacquiao

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Knowledge + Power: The Evolution of Manny Pacquiao
By Ace Freeman (31-Jan-2010)

Ace Freeman takes you behind closed doors in Manny Pacquiao’s January 2010 training camp to take a closer look at the man behind the growing legend.

“Knowledge plus power…” the champ yelled out. “Knowledge plus power!”

Those were the words that resonated through the silence in an empty Wild Card gym at high noon on this particular Friday in January 2010, as Manny Pacquiao began to glide across a fresh sheet of canvas. The Hollywood sun was peeking in thinly despite the drawn shades and it momentarily risked illuminating Boxing’s brightest star even more so than was already the case.

His shadowboxing began with the absence of any shadows early in this training camp. I stood transfixed by his movements. It was not the first time I’ve been afforded the privilege of watching Pacquiao at work but I was indeed stuck with a new sense of awe at the specimen he’s become over the last four years.

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