Pacman trains as if it’s his last fight

Manny Pacquiao hits the focus mitts with trainer Freddie Roach. AFP FILE PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao hits the focus mitts with trainer Freddie Roach. AFP FILE PHOTO

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao trains like there’s no tomorrow, according to Top Rank Promotion publicist Fred Sternburg.

Pacquiao (57-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) is currently training at Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles for his third fight against former world champion Timothy Bradley on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Manny is training with real purpose,” Sternburg told The Manila Times via e-mail. “He’s training as if it’s his last fight. I have seen Manny in training and I’m impressed with his sparring. He has never shied away from sparring with younger and talented fighters.”

Pacquiao, 36, had 10 rounds of sparring last week against Congolese Ghislain Mudama and Lydell Rhodes.

In the morning, Pacquiao is doing roadwork and plyometrics at the Griffith Park while he hits the mitts and punching bag in the afternoon before taking on his sparring partners.

Pacman’s other sparmates Jose Ramirez and Frankie Gomez will most likely be joining the sparring sessions soon.

Besides Roach, assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez, Marvin Somodio, Roger Haplas, Nonoy Neri and Jon Peñalosa are also monitoring Pacquiao’s training.

Pacquiao underwent surgery to repair his right shoulder rotator cuff a week after he lost to unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. via unanimous decision in May 2015.

“Manny is throwing his right hand with ease, with frequency and with power,” said Sternburg. “Freddie Roach said, ‘I never thought I’d see the day when I would say this. Manny’s right hand may now be stronger than his left.’

“I’d love to know what Manny’s surgeon did to his right shoulder make his right so powerful,” he added.

But Sternburg believes Pacquaio should be cautious against the “new” Bradley.

“A Manny Pacquiao at the top of his game can beat anyone. But the Teddy Atlas-trained version of Tim Bradley will be very tough test for him and he knows it. Freddie is also working on several plans for dealing with Bradley and Teddy Atlas.”

Sternburg refused to comment on Pacquiao’s retirement plan, “We’ll see. I have only heard Manny say that this will be his final fight.”


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