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Mike Tyson News: Manny, Tyson share same training camp

Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2004 @ 10:59:30 UTC by tysonian
LOS ANGELES Mike Tyson, the enigmatic former two-time heavyweight champ, and Manny Pacquiao are expected to share the same boot camp for about a month when they both train under Freddie Roach in Shelly Finkels ultra-modern boxing gym in Arizona.

The comebacking Tyson is scheduled to battle 6-6 Kevin McBride on July 31 in a soon-to-be-disclosed venue while Pacquiao, who is expected to plane in from Manila to Los Angeles at the end of the month, will most likely train for a rematch against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.

"I would want Manny to train here in Arizona," said Roach, voted the Trainer of the Year in 2003, who has been in Arizona for almost a month now, training Tyson and trying to put him back to his old, murderous form.

Roach has been singled out by Finkel, Tysons manager, to train Tyson after he demolished Clifford Etienne in only one round in Memphis, Tennessee in February last year.

Roach said it would be interesting to see Tyson and Pacquiao training side by side as they virtually share the same fighting styles and movements the side-to-side, in-and-out, in-your-face fighting techniques that have endeared them to millions of boxing fans around the world.

"We are just waiting for the go signal and where Mike will fight next," said Roach, who recently scored his second win of the year by leading Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria to an 11th round knockout victory last week also in Arizona.

Previously, Roach was in Pacquiaos corner when he drew with Marquez in Las Vegas, Nevada even as he saw Virgil Hill lose to Jean-Marc Mormeck of France recently in South Africa.

"I would want Manny to train for at least eight weeks. I think that would be enough," said Roach, adding that Tyson is now slowly getting back to form.

"Mikes about 50 percent in shape right now, if we are to compare him to the form when he fought Etienne," said Roach.

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Meanwhile, Murad Muhammad, Pacquiaos US-based promoter, said that he should get word from Home Box Office (HBO) officials today regarding details of the possible rematch date between Pacquiao and Marquez.

Pacquiao and Marquezs camps have signified interest in fighting a rematch, but details of the match are still up in the air.

"Everyones still coming home from Las Vegas and I hope to hear from HBO tomorrow," said Muhammad, who is back in his home base in New Jersey.

Pacquiao, now fully rested and raring to face Marquez, has been advised by his business manager Rod Nazario not to fight again in Las Vegas, where Marquezs promoter Bob Arum apparently wields considerable influence.

Source: mb.com.ph

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