Former Pound-for-Pound kingpin Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao suffered a slight ankle injury while playing basketball over the weekend. While there are no reports on the severity of the accident, the Filipino boxing icon dismissed its importance. Pacquiao, who lost both of his bouts last year, has made a habit of playing nightly basketball games be it in or out of training. Against his esteemed head trainer’s wishes, Pacquiao continues to cross-train without fear of suffering a freak accident that could possibly jeopardize his scheduled 12-rounder with opponent Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios this November. Pacquiao decided to kick training camp off early to get back in shape, perhaps realizing the importance of putting on a good show in his next outing. He’s been getting back into the groove with long-time assistant trainer and friend, Buboy Fernandez. The official training camp isn’t due to commence until a little more than a month or so later.
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