With less than 20 days before his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao announced that he is nearing peak physical condition.
“I think I am almost there,” Pacquiao told The Manila Times in an online interview facilitated by Top Rank Promotion publicist Fred Sternburg.
Pacquiao also said that he is satisfied with the way his training, that started on March 9, is going at the Wild Card Gym under the supervision of head trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune.
“Freddie and Justin Fortune have been holding me back a little to prevent me from over-training and peaking too soon. I feel great and I am very excited for May 2.”
Roach had given Pacquiao a one-day rest on Sunday when he and his family went to church, according Sternburg.
“I am very confident I can defeat Floyd. Freddie Roach and I have worked very hard in training camp on strategy. I cannot wait for May 2. As far as conditioning, I’m almost complete,” said Pacquiao.
The Filipino ring icon also stressed that he’s not entertaining the idea of defeat at the moment, “I can only take a positive view for this fight. Winning is the only thing on my mind. I don’t even think that I will lose this fight.”