MANNY Pacquiao and his team will leave today for Macau, six days before the former pound-for-pound king faces Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios at the Cotai Arena.
Pacquiao along with American trainer Freddie Roach, assistants Marvin Somodio, Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri and Roger Neri will fly directly from General Santos to Macau via private plane. Their flight is scheduled at 4 p.m.
Roach said that the eight-division world champion is 90 percent ready. He also stressed that Pacquiao has already moved on from his sixth-round knockout loss against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez last year.
“He has definitely put the knockout behind him,” Roach told hustleboss.com writer Chris Robinson in an interview. “Manny Pacquiao knows that the knockout is part of the sport. He realizes that if you aren’t able to handle the knockout you picked the wrong sport.”
“He is totally recovered and is brave as ever in the ring.”
Pacquiao (54-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts) took his last sparring session last Saturday and Roach considered that the Filipino champion is ready to redeem himself.
Roach believes that speed and power would be Pacquiao’s main weapons against the Rios.
“Manny has looked great in training. I know people are skeptical about him but knockouts are what they are. Manny Pacquiao is a realist. He understands it is part of the sport. He’s been knocked out twice before,” added Roach.
“So he accepts that and I don’t think it’s going to affect him at all. But we probably won’t know until the fight.”