Manny Pacquiao is getting closer to being 100 percent physically and mentally fit with only a week left before his rematch with reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Bradley takes place on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA.
Filipino International boxing referee Danrex Tapdasan believes the eight weight division world title holder is not distracted during his eight-week training that started early March and ready to reclaim his long lost glory two years ago.
“Manny is having one of the absolute best training camps in years. He has no problems within his team like before,” Tapdasan told the Manila Times in a phone interview yesterday. “He started his training in the US longer than in previous fights.”
Pacquiao aims for revenge against Bradley, who seized his belt two years ago via split decision.
And Tapdasan, the only Asian certified boxing official judge and referee, said the fighting congressman of Saranggani and his camp could make everything possible this time.
“I think Manny is always physically 100 percent prepared in all his fights,” he added. “However, the mental and psychological preparations and focus were the aspects that needed improvement before. And I think he has addressed all his issues already.”
Pacquiao, 35, is getting faster and stronger than ever before, according also to his American sparmates
“He’s so fast, he just punches between your guard, so all of the little holes in my game, he’s made me tighten everything up and he’s made me strengthen my boxing game as well as my mental game,” sparmate Lydell Rhodes told Percy Crawford of fighthype.com.
Pacquiao’s other sparmate Steve Forbes, 37, said to World Boxing News: “I’ve have been feeling pretty good in there with him myself, but I would say Pacquiao is about a 9 out of 10 at the moment.”
“I though Pacquiao won the first fight, but I was also happy that Bradley was in a big fight, which was well deserved. Looking at the first fight, I do believe Pacquiao can take the second because of the way he did it the first time around and I think it should be a good fight,” he added.
JOSEF T. RAMOS