Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is set to resume his training at the Wild Card Gym in California in preparation for his mega fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiao (57-5-2 record with 38 knockouts) arrived in Los Angeles with brother Bobby and adviser Michael Koncz. He actually started a light training a few weeks ago in General Santos and in Manila.
Pacquiao will start the first week of his eight-week workout without trainer Freddie Roach, who currently trains Chinese Zou Shiming in Macau for the latter’s fight against International Boxing Federation flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand on March 7 at the Cotai Arena.
Roach is set to reunite with Pacquiao on March 9.
“Although I’m confident that I can win the fight, I will still train hard,” said Pacquiao, the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion.
Pacquiao left a message to all Filipino fans saying “my upcoming fight is also fight of all the Filipinos. I won’t let my fellow Filipinos down and I will do my best to win the fight.”
Mayweather is the reigning World Boxing Council and Super World Boxing Association welterweight titleholder. He holds a 47-0 win-loss record with 38 knockouts.
Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee, who is set to follow Manny in the US in the middle of March, remained optimistic of her husband’s chances against Mayweather.
“I’m not worried and very confident that Manny will win,” Jinkee told The Manila Times in separate interview. “Manny’s fight is fight of all the Filipinos who cheer and support him.”