Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao will be arriving in Los Angeles on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to resume his training at the Wildcard gym for his upcoming third fight with American Timothy Bradley on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA.
Pacquiao’s American personal assistant David Sisson said the eight-division world champion and chief trainer Freddie Roach have decided to fly to the US on the 12th of March to take a long day of rest and avoid any interruptions once their training resumes Monday.
“So far, the training looks great since last February 13 before coach Freddie (Roach) arrived in General Santos,” Sisson told The Manila Times on Saturday in a phone interview a few hours before flying to Los Angeles via Philippine Airlines plane.
Pacquiao had spent the first four weeks of training in General Santos.
Sisson also assured that the 37-year-old Pacquiao is not affected by the election and other negative issues. Pacquiao was criticized by the gays and lesbians community for being vocally against the same-sex marriage activity.
“Manny, at the age of 37, is a positive person. Instead of taking those issues, he just simply ignored them and trained very hard,” he added. “Pacquiao knows that the God is always there to take care of him and his family.”
Sisson and other Pacquiao staff went first in Manila before flying to Los Angeles at 10 p.m. They waited for Pacquiao, trainers Roach, Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri, among others, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before their departure.
Pacquiao went to a few rounds of sparring in General Santos in the afternoon before boarding to his private plane off to Manila. Pac¬quiao will rest on Sunday upon their arrival in the US before resuming their training at the Wildcard gym on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).
Pacquiao’s assistant trainer Jonathan Peñalosa, meanwhile, said he is really impressed with their four weeks of training and conditioning.
Peñalosa said Pacquiao’s both shoulders are fine after undergoing a surgical operation on his right rotator cuff last May after losing against Floyd Mayweather Jr. via unanimous decision last May 3 also at the MGM Grand.
“The speed and power remain,” Peñalosa said in separate interview. “Last Thursday, we just went nine rounds of sparring and he looked very impressive. Manny is improving everyday and that’s a good sign.”
Peñalosa said that sparring partner American Lydell Rhodes and Ghislain Maduma will also be joining Pacquiao (57-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) in training at the Wildcard gym in training.
On the other side, Bradley (33-1-1 record with 13 knockouts) is undergoing training with new trainer Teddy Atlas.