Pacman calm before storm

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

LOS ANGELES. — Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao may be facing the biggest fight of his career in undefeated rival Floyd Mayweather but he said on Sunday he is taking it all in his stride.

“This is just like any other fight I had before,” he told reporters as he went through his regular training regimen in his home town of General Santos in the southern Philippines.

“I’ve been in this kind of situation many times in my previous fights. It doesn’t scare me. I love being the underdog,” said Pacquiao, amid reports that oddsmakers in Las Vegas, the venue of the May 2 fight, are giving his opponent the advantage.

“It even motivates me to train hard and go for the crown,” the 36-year-old said.

The boxing champ appears so relaxed he is even going ahead with his other job — as playing coach of a local professional basketball team in Manila — later this week. — AFP.