Top Rank Promotion publicist Fred Sternburg described the training camp of reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao as “the best ever” since 2009 when the Filipino champion defeated Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.
The 36-year-old Pacquiao has already completed two weeks of strength and conditioning training and one week of sparring session at the Wild Card Gym as part of his build up for his mega bout against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“To me he looks to be in superb condition. I haven’t seen Manny work this hard and look this good since his training camp for Miguel Cotto,” Sternburg told The Manila Times on Sunday (Saturday in US) via email. “This is the best training camp. It looks really good.”
Pacquiao annihilated Cotto via 12th-round technical knockout in November 2009 to capture the WBO welterweight belt at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Sternburg said that Pacquiao, who holds a 57-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts, is way ahead of the training schedule since he already started working out last month in General Santos City.
“As for sparring, Manny has had only one sparring session,” he said. “He went five rounds against two fighters. He did well but it is early in training camp. Freddie Roach was pleased. He is the expert.”
Pacquiao, who trains under long time head trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune, had sparring sessions against American Kenneth Sims Jr. and Rashidi Ellis on Tuesday. “Manny looks very tremendous. Justin Fortune and Freddie Roach told me he is way ahead of schedule. I have never seen him (Manny) enter a fight unprepared. He and Freddie are working on a lot of strategy. Manny will be ready.”
Sternburg, who started working with Pacquiao since 2005 in his first fight against Erik Morales, refuse to give predictions on whether Pacquiao would win by knockout or by unanimous decision.
“It’s a tough fight but Manny and his trainers are convinced that Manny’s arm will be raised in victory,” said Sternburg. “Based on what I have seen the past 10 days in training camp at Wild Card Boxing Club, I have to agree. Manny looks great.”