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Manny Pacquiao Does Playboy: Talks Training, Rooster Fighting and Sex

| by Alex Groberman

Imagine you’re Manny Pacquiao.

You’re a world-renowned boxing champion currently preparing for a “big” fight against one of your most recognizable rivals, Juan Manuel Marquez, on November 12. You’re also in the midst of some financial and legal drama and your public support, while still overwhelming, wasn’t exactly on full display when you visited the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson fight that took place in Los Angeles on October 15.

So, what’s the best imaginable way you can blow off some steam? Appear in the November issue of Playboy, obviously.

In a story entitled “In the Jungle with Manny Pacquiao,” writer Kevin Cook pens intimate details of the No. 1 pound-for-pounder’s rise among both the boxing and political ranks. In order to get the complete picture of what Pacquiao was about, Cook traveled to the Philippines and got an up close look at how the champ trains and, how fans treat him.

Among the most interesting details that Cook chronicles are Pacquiao’s admissions that he prefers his own country much moreso to Las Vegas and New York, and that he believes growing up in his country is why his resolve and fighting style are what they are. Of course, despite that, the champion still seems very adamant about not fighting in the Philippines – despite local politicians all but begging him to do so.

Pacquiao also explained that he stays chaste for 21 days before the fight because, well, Freddie Roach told him to. In the always-salient words of Roach, "when a fighter wins, the couple is usually very happy that night."

And, finally, when pressed on his hobbies Pacquiao admitted that he was a fan of raising and fighting roosters. He professed a certain admiration for the way the birds train and “have so much fight” in their hearts.

Interestingly enough, after completing his media blitz for the Marquez fight earlier in the year, the Filipino champion has done his best to stay out of the limelight and focus entirely on fight prep. The interview with Playboy is one of the few times over the past few weeks that he’s stepped out to publicly comment on anything, be it his personal or professional life.

Pacquiao appears in the November issue of the infamous Playboy magazine beside the “Girls of the SEC.”