Pacquiao regains speed 10 days before fight

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Manny Pacquiao AFP PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao AFP PHOTO

With less than 10 days to go before fight night, Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao is regaining his strength and speed for his third bout against American welterweight Timothy Bradley on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

One of Pacquiao’s assistant Filipino trainers Jon Peñalosa, the elder brother of former world boxing champion Gerry Peña¬losa, said the 37-year-old eight-weight division world titleholder is in good condition mentally and physically.

“Manny told me he is in good condition and he is now ready to fight. I also noticed that he is becoming faster and stronger each training,” Peñalosa told The Manila Times on Saturday via online interview. “Manny regains the usual speed without suffering cramps.”

“Pacquiao remains on top of being a world class boxer. I’m pretty sure Bradley will be having a hard time in this third fight,” he added. “We are doing some road works, hitting the mitts and coach Freddie (Roach) is supervising the tactics.”

“He is near 100 percent and I’m very happy to see him spar in during sparring sessions. He (Pac¬quiao) knows his body very well.”

Pacquiao, according to Peña¬losa, and his trainers jogged at the Griffith Park in Los Angeles, USA, Friday morning (Saturday in Manila) before taking a rest at 12 noon and then prepared for an afternoon workout at the Wildcard Gym.

Aside from Roach and Peñalosa, the other trainers of Pacquiao are Buboy Fernandez, Marvin Somo¬dio and Nonoy Neri.

Peñalosa did not still make any prediction if ever the Saranggani congressman Pacquiao (57-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) would score a knockout against the 32-year-old Bradley (33-1-1 record with 13 knockouts) in the third bout.

“I still can’t say it but I believe he’s going to win convincingly and that’s the goal,” he added. “I’m hoping for the best and as what’ve observed, Manny is really focusing and doesn’t like to get distracted from training.”

Pacquiao, a known slugger and attacker, will definitely aim to bounce back from his last year’s defeat to undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. via unanimous decision. Pacquiao lost to Bradley via split decision last 2012 but got even in 2014 when he scored a unanimous decision win.

“Next week, we will be going to Las Vegas,” he said.

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