Mailman meets Pacman; Pacquiao’s mouth guard; The deadly left

Chris Farina

NBA legend Karl Malone dropped by Manny Pacquiao’s training headquarters at the Wild Card Boxing Club to hand him over a special gift: a jersey of USA Basketball.

Malone, the starting forward of the 1992 Dream Team, got a signed pair of gloves from Pacquiao, who was delighted by The Mailman’s visit.

Malone starred for the Utah Jazz and was the team’s one-two punch alongside John Stockton.

Photos were also taken with Malone striking a pose as well with Wild Card guru Freddie Roach.


Freddie Roach swears that Manny Pacquiao’s left hand is brutal.

“Oh, it’s deadly,” exclaimed Roach in an interview with Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.

Pacquiao’s left has terrorized the likes of Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez as well as Oscar Dela Hoya, Miguel Cotto and most especially Ricky Hatton.


Los Angeles-based orthodontist Ed Dela Vega has handed over the mouth guard that Manny Pacquiao will wear when he faces Floyd Mayweather on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Days after Mayweather publicized that he will wear a mouthpiece that costs $25,000, Dela Vega, who lives in Canoga Park, visited Pacquiao and presented the fighting congressman the multi-colored mouth protector.

Originally from the Philippines, Dela Vega, who has provided Pacquiao’s mouthpiece since 2005, also lends his expertise not only to Filipino ring standouts like Donnie Nietes but to other nationalities as well.

“It doesn’t cost $25,000 but it will protect him very well,” said Dela Vega.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks