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Manny Pacquiao misses weekend training due to flu

But the eight-division champion turned up at the Elorde Gym on Sunday after getting the chance to rest from Friday until then.

With four weeks to go before facing world welter king Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao should step up in his buildup as trainer Freddie Roach is all set to increase the number of sparring rounds to ten from eight the last time.

Before taking a break, Pacquiao sparred eight rounds Thursday despite nursing a cold.

The cold worsened and according to Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao went down with the flu.

Despite skipping two training days, Pacquiao should make it up in the remainder of the preparation as he had also suffered the same malady in a couple of training camps in the past.

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