The camp of reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said the Filipino ring icon is now near to his best form and will slow down on their training next week.
Pacquiao’s assistant trainer Jonathan Penalosa said the 38-year-old fighter is getting faster and stronger each day with 20 days left before his title defense against Australian challenger Jeff Horn on July 2 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
That’s why they plan to lessen his training activities to avoid getting over trained.
“He (Pacquiao) is now 90 percent ready for the battle. Starting Monday, we are going to lessen his training and sparring because he’s already in top shape,” Penalosa told The Manila Times on Wednesday in a phone interview.
“Unlike in his training in Manila, Manny is now faster. Last Tuesday, he already completed a 12-round sparring session and tomorrow (Thursday) he is going to spar for another 12 rounds,” he added.
Pacquiao (59-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) had a four-round sparring session each against Australian George Kambosos Jr., Mexican Adrian Young and Filipino Sonny Sonny Katiandagho last Tuesday.
Penalosa also said they are avoiding for possible cramps and fatigue during the fight night.
“Manny also takes some rest and he is not overt trained during the duration of our training camp that started last May 6,” he said.
Penalosa, the elder brother of former world champion Gerry Penalosa, also predicted a knockout win by Pacquiao and he won’t be surprised if Horn (16-0-1 record with 11 knockouts) gets knocked out inside the five rounds.
“I believe with Manny’s latest condition, he is going to score a knockout win inside the five rounds,” he added.
Team Pacquiao will leave on June 24 for Australia and spend one more week of light training Down Under.