MANILA, Philippines – It had been a while since eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao had run the hills of Griffith Park near the Santa Monica mountains in Los Angeles. The park had been the scene of his early morning runs when preparing for most of his great victories, but after training exclusively in his hometown of General Santos City for his November fight against Brandon Rios and a year-long layoff before that, the trail had gone cold.
Pacquiao (55-5-3, 38 knockouts) reacquainted himself with his old paths on Sunday. Accompanied by strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune, who he is working with for the first time since 2007, as well as conditioning coach Cecilio Flores, and assistants Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri, Pacquiao pounded the pavement as he prepares for his April 12 rematch with WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Here are photos from that dawn time run by Jhay Oh Otamias for Rappler.com.
– Rappler.com with reports from Ryan Songalia
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