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Roach not worried about Pacquiao’s showbiz commitments

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By Eddie Alinea

Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach is not at all worried about his ward’s pre-fight extra-curricular activities and guesting in U.S.television shows.

“For as long as Manny is happy and those appearances won’t be too much exacting, it’s okay with me,” the 51 year-old four-time ‘trainer of the year’ awardee told Malaya Business Insight in an overseas telephone interview yesterday.

Roach was reacting to reports that Pacquiao will be guesting at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Thursday (Friday in Manila) or a little over a week before his title-fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on May (May 8 in Manila) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“Manny is a pro, he’s mature enough to know what he’s doing. He has a job to do barely a week from now and he knows that. So, he would know when to go home and rest,” Roach said. “Manny, we all know, loves to do many things. I know that, too.”

“Manny loves to sing as he loves to box. He loves to act. He even loves to dance,” he said. “If someone loves everything he does, nothing to worry about. What is bad is he stays late at night. Look, he is killing himself in training. He’s almost dead after four, five hours of gym work. Count his early morning condition stuff and he’s really sapped of energy at the end of the day.”

“In other words, whether he likes it or not, he will have to go home after whatever social events he is committed to meet,” he reasoned out.

“What I don’t want is for some people to fetch him at nights and stayed very…

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