Pacquiao’s sparring partner Stan “The Man” Martyniouk said that strength and conditioning head coach Justin Fortune has done a lot of roadwork everyday to ensure that the eight-division world champion is in tip-top condition.
“Cramps won’t be a problem for Manny (Pacquiao). Justin (Fortune) is doing a great job because Manny’s condition is phenomenal, he is looking really good,” Martyniouk told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “We did a lot of roadwork to condition Manny’s legs.”
Martyniouk, 29, who was knocked down by the 35-year-old Pacquiao during their sparring session last week, said that the Filipino’s current speed and strength are improving and getting better and better.
Although Pacquiao did not encounter any leg cramps in his last two victories, the possibility of experiencing leg cramps in Pacquiao’s bout against the American Algieri remains a concern according to a Filipino boxing analyst.
“Cramps will be an issue because Algieri is expected to use a lot of movement,” explained boxing analyst Atty. Ed Tolentino in separate interview. “Algieri will be the fleet footed boxer in this fight and Pacquiao will be the one who will be cutting the ring and doing the chasing.”
“He is getting up in years and has not been that active so it will be a concern.”
In his previous fights especially against Shane Mosley, third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez and first fight with Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao had slowed by leg cramps in those fights.
“Manny is doing a lot of roadwork to strengthen his legs and he has learned how to deal with distractions in training but it [leg cramps]remains a concern,” added Tolentino. “Pacquiao should try to finish the fight early and avoid being dragged in the later rounds.”