FORMER pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao is now considering himself in 80 percent peak condition with still five weeks to go before his rematch against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao’s business partner Gerry Peñalosa said on Monday that the eighth weight division title holder was hitting the bag so fast and so strong during the last day of his training in General Santos before flying to the United States on Saturday.
“Manny follows his usual training regimen correctly under his trainer [Freddie Roach] and there’s no any distraction,” the former two-time world champion Peñalosa told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “He’s getting faster and stronger everyday with just five weeks left.”
“So when the fight night comes, I won’t be surprised if all the critics and Bradley himself would suffer embarrassment,” he added. “This is not the same Manny that I saw before. He improves well.”
Even the 35-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts) confirmed before he left the country for the US that he is in razor-sharp form after the General Santos camp where he went through rigorous sparring sessions, conditioning and road work.
“We are on schedule to attain a great form before the fight night,” Pacquiao told philboxing.com before boarding Philippine Airlines flight 102 on Saturday. “I’m so thankful to Buboy [Fernandez], brother Roger and Nonoy Neri for a superb camp in General Santos. I will give Bradley what he really wanted. I’m just praying and training hard everyday to bounce back from my early loss to Bradley. We will get back the belt,”
Pacquiao will begin his five-week training program in Roach’s Wild Card gym in Los Angeles this week.
The reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Bradley (31-0 win-loss slate with 12 knockouts) said that Pacquiao is no longer the aggressive fighter he once was.