BAGUIO CITY -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. can have the pound-for-pound title.
Manny Pacquiao is unfazed about who is the pound-for-pound champion after Mayweather, the potential opponent of Pacquiao in March, handily beat Juan Manuel Marquez to submission Saturday night in Las Vegas.
"I'm not one who carries his bench on this," said Pacquiao after a grueling ten-round training at Shape Up Boxing at Cooyeesan Mall here.
Pacquiao said he is concentrating his energy instead on Cotto, whom he is scheduled to fight also in Las Vegas this October.
"I am concentrating my training on Cotto. I would have to hurdle him first," he said.
"He (Mayweather) can boast about being better because he has finished his job. I have still to finish mine," Pacquiao said in Filipino.
Pacquiao weighed in at 151 pounds during his first day of training here.
Monday morning. Pacquiao was welcomed by the jogging crowd of Baguio when he decided to jog around the Burnham Lake.
Later in the afternoon, he was the first to assess that he lacked timing.
"Instead of the 1-2-3 combination, I can only do 1-2," he said.
But he said that he liked his first impression on Baguio.
"In the US, I still have to drive to the gym. Here, I just go down from the hotel," he said.
"Baguio is high and cool. Here you can still see trees unlike in the US where all you see are cars. It relaxed me a bit," he said.
He did eight rounds of jabbing in the ring with assistant trainer Buboy Villanueva,
Villanueva said that Monday's regimen was three rounds of shadow boxing, eight rounds jabbing, two on the California ball and two on the speedball.
"I was impressed about the energy and speed of Pacquiao despite the long months of lay-off," he said.
Pacquiao and his crew were wearing a T-shirt which he said he designed himself: PAC MAN KNOWS in bold lettering with his Jack Russell terrier dog, Pacquiao inside the "P." "Knows" is his joke on himself for always saying, "You Know."
Freddie Roach is expected to arrive in Baguio today (Tuesday).
"I think he will like it here. This is comparable to what we have in the US," Pacquiao said.
Former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson, said to be Pacquiao's manager, was also around to help Pacquiao familiarize himself.
Chavit said that Pacquiao might stay here in Baguio from two to five weeks before going to Las Vegas.
He also said that Pacquiao will have an easy time training here because of the proximity of the gym to his hotel room.