Manny steps up training

Manny Pacquiao can always get away with a few more rounds when Freddie Roach is not around.

The other day at the Wild Card Gym, what was supposed to be short, nice and easy four rounds of mitts with Buboy Fernandez turned out to be an almost non-stop 10-round session.

Roach is in England to be in the corner of his other protégé, Amir Khan, who takes on Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera on March 14 at the MEN Center.

Roach has been away for almost a week now, and when he returns to his Hollywood gym on Monday Pacquiao should be ready to begin sparring for his May 2 bout with Ricky Hatton.