• Pacquiao now 100 percent ready – sparring partner


    pakyaw20160404Congolese Ghislain Maduma believes that Manny Pacquiao is now 100 percent physically and psychologically ready to fight American welterweight Timothy Bradley for the third time on April 9 (April 10 in Manila) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    “Manny is more than 100 percent ready to give a spectacular performance. I’m really excited,” Ma­du­ma, the 18-year veteran boxer, who just turned professional six years ago, told The Manila Times via online interview. “From what I have seen with Manny, I think he can still box for at least two more years.”

    “It’s because of his good working ethics and the fun he has in training. Manny is a very powerful fighter but what is more impressive is how he uses his speed to make his power more effective. He is a very smart fighter too,” he said.

    Maduma, who fought for African nation Congo as an amateur boxer, said there will be no problem if Pacquiao (57-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) peaks too early with still six days to go before his third fight against the 32-year-old Bradley (33-1-1 record with 13 knockouts).

    The 31-year-old Maduma, who works as one of Pacquiao’s sparring partners, said the eight division world champion had just sparred a total of 140 rounds since day one in General Santos City up to his current training at the Wildcard gym in Los Angeles, California.

    Asked if the 37-year-old Pac­quiao might suffer fatigue during the bout since he is peaking too early, the Canada-based Maduma (17-2 win-loss record with 11 knockouts) said it won’t happen.

    “I think there is no risk that if ever he’ll peak too soon [before fight date]. If not in the whole world at least one of the best trainers, I know Freddie and the team. They got everything in control and we are very excited to see him perform on April 9,” Maduma added.

    Pacquiao’s trainers, headed by chief trainer Freddie Roach, Filipino assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez, Marvin Somodio, Nonoy Neri and Jon Penalosa, are also convinced that the People’s Champion is already in good fighting condition and now ready to fight.

    Team Pacquiao is set to leave Los Angeles for Las Vegas on Monday afternoon.


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