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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Manny charters 'Air Pacquiao' for flight to Dallas

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MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao on Monday took a flight from his training base in Los Angeles, California to Dallas, Texas where his March 13 fight with Joshua Clottey will take place.

This, however, was not an ordinary flight for the 7-division champion. He chartered a 170-seater plane to take his whole entourage to Dallas.

After his last workout at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym, Pacquiao took his wife Jinkee to the airport where their chartered plane awaited.

The plane, which has a big photograph of Pacquiao on its door, carried the logo: Air Pacquiao. Even some of the items inside the plane had the logo.

The boxer even sat in the cockpit, playing “pilot” complete with uniform.

When asked why he decided to charter a plane, Pacquiao said: “Gusto ko, sama-sama lahat.” He even brought along his dog, Pacman.

Some of the local media covering the event could not help but be impressed with Pacquiao’s “new mode of transportation”.

“Grabe, dati mga kotse lang convoy…Ngayon, whole plane,” said Manila Bulletin’s Nick Giongco.

“[I’m] so happy na makasama ako dito,” said Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Roy Luarca.

Traditionally, Pacquiao takes a convoy from Los Angeles to the site where the fight takes place. However, Dallas is 1251 miles (2014 kilometers) away from Los Angeles.

Pacquiao was mobbed by the press shortly after they arrived at the Dallas Forth Worth Texas Airport at around 10 p.m. on Monday.

After a short meeting with the press, Pacquiao boarded a special utility vehicle on his way to the Gaylord Luxury Hotel where he was met by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.

The boxer will take a night’s rest before starting his final training days before fight night. With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News


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