Extra attention is given to members of the Pacquaio and Marquez teams who stand by their men, and help prepare them for battle, in the third installment of the HBO’s Pacquaio-Marquez III 24/7
First off, Marquez received an honor, as he was bestowed with a spot on the Mexico City walk of fame, but it was right back to work after that interval. Marquez went back to the gym and didn’t box a stitch, instead doing weight work. Marquez said his training has been better in every way compared to his prep for his fight with Floyd Mayweather.
Marquez finishes the day with a session in a hyperbaric chamber, which he says recharges his batteries. He huffs pure oxygen through a mask, and then departs.
In Hollywood, Manny Pacquaio doesn’t bother with the weights. He does pads with Freddie Roach and bag work and then pauses to crack up at a lady dressed up as him. It is Halloween, after all.
The Manny crew then heads over to hang out in the Manny Pacquiao Merchandise and Tattoo Shop. Manny slurps soup while Buboy gets a tat, his first. He is getting inked with a burning meteor. That tat is the same one Manny and most of the rest of the crew have engraved on their left forearm. Buboy says he thanks the Lord for his blessings and his best friend, Manny.
We then see old Rafael Rojas, Marquez’ first amateur trainer, fixing a bag. At 89, he is a trainer emeritus. He fought but quit because his mom would cry when she saw the marks on his face.
We see Alfredo Angulo, a Romanza regular before his fight with James Kirkland. He trains with Beristain in the AM, and Marquez in the afternoon. Beristain’s boys might well go 0-2, eh..
David Rodela, sparring mate for Pacquiao, sweeps up at the house he owns, which was secured after he got a down payment from Pacquiao. He, Ray Beltran and Jamie Kavanagh help Manny get ready. Beltran is a counterpuncher, Kavanagh is an offensive sort and Rodela is all pressure. He says Marquez won’t make it past the sixth.
Beristain watches tape, and comments that Marquez looks better, with more speed and power, than he has recently.
Media day at Romanza shows Marquez’ strength and conditioning coach Angel Hernandez aka Angel Heredia explaining why he went by “Hernandez” instead of the given Heredia on the last 24/7. We hear he admitted he gave PEDs to high profile athletes, ratted people out and thus avoided a prison term. Marquez says, “I’m training like I should be. If they’re saying I’m using things I shouldn’t, I’m ready to take a test any time they want.” Heredia says Marquez could do blood, urine or excrement testing to prove he’s clean.
Alex Ariza, Manny’s conditioning coach, says he doesn’t really care about the presence of the former steroid pusher. Ariza says Manny is extra amped for this one. Roach agrees, saying Manny has an extra edge, something he hasn’t seen in awhile.
We see Team Manny hanging after the gym at an apartment complex. He plays the guitar and sings a ditty.
The theme of this episode has been those members of the team who affect the fighter.