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Manny Pacquiao looks fit in workout several days before bout with Brandon Rios


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Manny Pacquiao wraps his hands before a workout in Macau (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

MACAU -- Manny Pacquiao finished an intense workout Tuesday (Monday in the U.S.) at the Venetian Macao. The Filipino superstar looked exceptionally fit as he prepares to face Brandon Rios on Saturday at CotaiArena.

But if any of the fighters on the card aren't in shape, all they need to do is walk around the Venetian for a while. The hotel is a massive entity. In addition to the 15,000-seat CotaiArena on property, it has 534,000 square feet of gaming space, the most in the world.

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A mime waves at shoppers in the Grand Canal Shops at the Venetian Macao (Kevin Iole)

There are more than 600 shops and restaurants, a lagoon the size of 11 Olympic swimming pools, a 1,000-seat food court, three, 500-foot-long canals, 51 gondolas, 70,000-square-feet of ballroom space, 800,000-square feet of exhibition space and more than 2,000 slot machines.

Pacquiao cruised through a high-tempo workout without appearing to breath hard.

Promoter Bob Arum said he thinks part of the reason is that Pacquiao has more distractions when he trains in Los Angeles at trainer Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym.

"He gets up early and he does his run, and he has some many other things filling up his day in Vegas," Arum said. "He's got a ton of guys staying with him in his room. He goes out and plays darts with the guys. You know how hard he works in the gym, and then he calls people back in the Philippines. He doesn't get rest.

"He trained over here [in General Santos City in the Philippines, in the same time zone] and he goes home and eats at home when he's done working out. He doesn't have all these people who are around him and he can rest when he's home."

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Manny Pacquiao (L) talks strategy with trainer Freddie Roach (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

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