REIGNING World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao arrived in Macau on Monday less than a week before his fight against American Chris Algieri on November 23 at the Venetian Hotel Cotai Arena.
Pacquiao (56-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) and his team plus at least 200 supporters arrived in Macau via two chartered planes. Thousand of Filipinos and fans in the terrirory greeted him upon his arrival.
“I prepared very hard for this fight and I will do my best to win for my country. I’m ready,” Pacquiao, 35, told The Manila Times over the phone before he left General Santos for Macau.
Several hours before his flight, Pacquiao went through a tough workout consisted of punching drills with the mitts, speedball and punching bag, skip rope session and road work.
“He is ready to go and we’re flying to Macau,” said Pacquiao’s 5’11 American sparring partner Stan “The Man” Martynouk, whose boxing style is similar to Algieri’s. “He is already 100 percent ready for battle.”
Pacquiao’s long-time coach Freddie Roach and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez are expected to resume the champ’s light training and conditioning in Macau during the week before the fight.
“So far, so good everything is okay. We didn’t encounter any problem,” said Fernandez. “This will be a great fight for Manny.”
Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda, meanwhile, said that Pacquiao has already allowed the KIA team to watch his fight in Macau despite the team’s loss to Barako Bull on Sunday. “We have a game on Wednesday that’s why the team will fly to Macau on Saturday,” Pineda told The Manila Times in separate interview.