Pacquiao moves to Vegas for last phase of training

Manny Pacquiao performs shadow boxing in front of the media. AFP FILE PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao performs shadow boxing in front of the media. AFP FILE PHOTO

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and his camp will be moving from Freddie Roach’s Wildcard gym in Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) to complete his training for his third fight against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 9.

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotion said that the 37-year-old Filipino ring icon would undergo light training with Roach in the morning before rolling off to Vegas in the afternoon.

“As of now, everybody is becoming interested to see the third fight between Pacquiao and Bradley,” Arum told The Manila Times via overseas call on Monday. “I’m confident before the fight night the venue will be filled.”

The former World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Bradley (33-1-1 record with 13 knockouts) is also expected to arrive in Las Vegas anytime this week.

“I really believe this third fight between Manny and Timothy will be by far the best of the three fights. It will be very exciting and I believe that one way or another it is going to end in a knockout,” added Arum. “Manny’s body condition looks very tremendous now.”

Jon Peñalosa, one of Pacquiao’s assistant Filipino trainers, said that Pacquiao (57-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) is already 100 percent ready in terms of conditioning. “As what I’ve seen in yesterday’s training and sparring, Manny is ready to win by knockout versus Bradley,” he said.

In their first fight in June 2012, Pacquiao lost to Bradley via controversial split decision but scored a unanimous win in their rematch in April 2014 recapturing the WBO welterweight belt.

Arum also revealed his stand on US politics, “Yes I’m against Donald Trump’s candidacy,” he said.

Fan attacks Pacquiao
Meanwhile, an unidentified Caucasian male attempted to attack Pacquiao while leaving Kabuki, a Japanese restaurant along Hollywood, California. Pacquiao was not harmed. He did not file a complaint and just let the assailant go.

“Manny [Pacquiao] did not call the police. I guess it was a gay who cursed him earlier. They just let the guy go,” Peñalosa told The Times via online interview. “Manny is safe and was not harmed. He will not be affected by this incident for sure.”


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