Manny Pacquiao: "I have God in my corner"
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (April 19, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Manny Pacquiao
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao opened his training camp a few days ago for his June title defense against contender Timothy Bradley, saying he has God in his corner.

Some boxing people feel that Pacquiao's new found Christianity could hinder his explosiveness. Pacquiao disagrees.

"Nothing has changed. I am still fully focused on training although now I am happier because I have God," he told reporters in the northern mountain resort of Baguio.

Pacquiao (54-3, 38 KOs) will be defending his WBO welterweight championship against the undefeated Bradley on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs) is a rugged fighter with a strong inside game. He stopped Joel Casamayor in round 11 last November.

"I talk winning. I go into the ring and win,” Bradley said.

The 33-year-old Pacquiao announced in January that his partying and gambling days were over. Pacquiao said God had chosen him to spread the Christian message. The Philippine icon’s last loss was seven years ago to Eric Morales. He has since won fifteen fights in a row, including redemption in defeating Morales twice. Pacquiao is an eight-division world champion.

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