Pacquiao hosts ‘Biggest Loser’ weight loss challenge

LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao hit the scales this weekend – not for him, but for members of his team as he held his “Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge.”

“Etong weight loss competition, lagi natin ginagawa every fight,” Pacquiao explained. “Kailangan ako mag-tutok dahil ‘yung rules and regulation, ako nag-implement.”

Contestants had about a month to lose 15% of their weight and memorize three Bible verses. Those who completed the task took home $2,000, while those who lost the most weight got an additional $10,000.

Many of those who participated are regulars on Pacquiao’s morning workouts.

The top winners in the men’s and women’s category lost over 20 pounds each.

Pacquiao himself has never had a problem making weight, and is on pace for the 147-pound limit for his May 2 battle against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“Walang problema sa timbang natin, kasi usually ang linalabanan natin, natural weight natin is 140. I can still make 135,” he added. “I’m not worried.”

With fight night less than two weeks away, Pacquiao sparred for 12 rounds on Saturday. Watching the session was Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone, the actor behind the iconic boxing film, “Rocky.”

After meeting the man who created “Rocky,” Pacquiao went on to cheer for his friend and fellow Freddie Roach pupil, Ruslan Provodnikov.

But Provodnikov, who had Marvin Somodio working his corner, lost a majority decision to Lucas Matthysse in a slugfest.

After watching Provodnikov’s fight, Pacquiao and his family went on to watch the one-hour HBO special “At Last,” which takes a close look at the making of the fight of the century.

Showtime has also premiered its first episode of “Inside Mayweather-Pacquiao” over the weekend.

Both boxers are now in the homestretch of their training camps, and weight should not be a problem for either fighter.

The weigh in however is not free, as they will charge an admission fee that will go to charity.

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