FILIPINO ring icon Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to start his training in February in preparation for his rematch against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley set in April at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada.
“Manny’s training and streng and conditioning will most likely begin eight weeks before the fight night or probably by second week or late February,” Pacquiao’s long time business and promotional partner Gerry Peñalosa told The Manila Times in a phone interview Monday.
The Top Rank Promotions announced on Saturday that Pacquiao-Bradley match will push through.
“Manny is very inspired, so I think he’ll be in good shape when the fight night comes,” added Peñalosa, also a former two-time world boxing champion. “It will be an easy fight, I guess. But you know Manny, he will prepare very hard for this fight.”
Pacquiao is raring to avenge his controversial split decision loss to Bradley in June of 2012.
After that, Pacquiao absorbed a stunning sixth-round knockout loss to long time Mexican archrival Juan Manuel Marquez in December of the same year. Pacquiao decided to sit out for almost a year.
In his return in November 2013, Pacquiao (55-5-2 win-loss-draw record) whipped Brandon Rios via unanimous decision at the Cotai Arena in Macau.
“I really wanted to get my belt back that’s why I like to face Bradley again,” said Pacquiao, who lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight belt over Bradley. “I’m very inspired to start training again to win this fight for my fellow Filipino.”
The press conference of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight is set on February 4 in New York and February 6 in Los Angeles, California.
Pacquiao will get an assured $20 million while Bradley will earn $6 million.