This blog was posted quite later than it should have been. The reason - Manny Pacquiao training in Baguio City is to master the way of pinik-pikan. This is the art of what has been termed as "killing-me-softly" for a chicken in preparing the recipe, original and unique only in the Cordilleras. Maybe the Pacman has slowed down a bit in the same way that Muhammad Ali slowed down while aging. But in the process of aging, wisdom improves and that is in general for most people. With this, many tactics and strategies come about that are least expected by opponents or foes.
The preparation of Manny Pacquiao against his opponent Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13, 2010 might not be as intense in his previous trainings. One real reason is his now being a Congressman representing Sarangani, Mindanao. In his training in Baguio last 2009, he also did some time off to help victims of Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng. Coordinating help and assistance for victims of catastrophes is not an easy task. His recent camp in Baguio was not really that much in the news because of privacy and security concerns. Tightened security might have deprived some to actually see and observe his training.
Going back to Manny Pacquiao for his upcoming fight, Margarito will have a problem which part of him to cover. Standing upright covering his face will be offering the Pacman to practice the art of pinikpikan on his body. Bending over to protect his abdomen (typo: badomen) will be an opportunity for Manny give killer hooks to side of his head. This will be the first time the art of pinik-pikan will be used starting with the head. Pinik-pikan was intentionally not described in full here because some it might find it be too gross and get the attention of the SPCA (lol). Please note that I am not referring to Margarito as animal.
By the way, some humor was added in this article. Trying to help Manny Pacquiao on some strategy here, as trainers of Margarito might come across this and be confused.
Link to Manny Pacquiao Interview at CBS - 60 Minutes