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IN PHOTOS: Pacquiao begins training for Vargas fight

Rappler.com
IN PHOTOS: Pacquiao begins training for Vargas fight
Manny Pacquiao begins training at the Elorde Gym Five Ecom Center in Pasay after participating in the Senate hearing on alleged extrajudicial killings

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao already started training on Tuesday, August 23 for his upcoming fight against World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5.

The 37-year-old Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) trained at the Elorde Gym Five Ecom Center in Pasay after participating in the Senate hearing on alleged extrajudicial killings.

Pacquiao, an 8-division world champion, was elected senator in the May 2016 elections and has since announced his decision to come out of retirement to fight the American Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs).

The former Sarangani representative has been criticized for juggling politics and sports and his past absences in Congress. But Pacquiao has since confirmed he will conduct his training largely from Manila and will not allow it to clash with his duties as senator.

Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao will wrap up preparations in the United States when the Senate is in recess.

See photos from Pacquiao’s first training session below.

PREPS. Pacquiao inside the ring. Photos by Wendell Alinea/OSM

Pacquiao hits the speed bag. Photos by Wendell Alinea/OSM

SENATE FIRST. Pacquiao says his training won't interfere with his job in the Senate. Photos by Wendell Alinea/OSM

BUSY DAY. Pacquiao goes to training after participating in a Senate hearing on alleged extrajudicial killings. Photos by Wendell Alinea/OSM

GETTING READY. Manny Pacquiao will fight American Jessie Vargas in November. Photos by Wendell Alinea/OSM

SMILE. Manny Pacquiao grins during training. Photos by Wendell Alinea/OSM

– Rappler.com

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