Pacquiao trains in seclusion

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Manny Pacquaio performs leg stretches during training. AFP PHOTO

Manny Pacquaio performs leg stretches during training. AFP PHOTO

Mike Koncz, adviser of Manny Pacquiao, said that the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California where the Filipino champ will be training in the next eight weeks is now restricted to outsiders.

“If you don’t have any official business with Manny [Pacquiao] or with the team, you are not allowed to stay in the gym during training hours, before or after,” Koncz told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Tuesday. “If you are not a member of the training team, you are not also allowed to be there.”

Pacquiao, 36, who holds a 57-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts, is now preparing for his upcoming mega fight against undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0 record with 26 knockouts) on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Koncz said that the first day of training of the current World Boxing Organization welterweight champion went well. “Manny is in high spirit and everything looks very fine. It is only the first day of training and Manny’s condition really looks great,” he said.


Pacquiao, according to Koncz, did some road work to strengthen his legs and improve his footwork. He also hit the mitts; the punching bag and the speedball to fine-tune his punches.

“We really need to be strict at this point to avoid any distraction and spies.”

Pacquiao’s first week of training will be facilitated by assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez and strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune because Freddie Roach is still in Macau but is due to arrive in Los Angeles next week.

Koncz said that Roach would bring in two new sparring partners for Pacquiao, 5’9 Kenneth Simms Jr. (5-0 with 2 knockouts) and 5’10 Rashidi Ellis (13-0 record with 10 knockouts).

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  1. Dustin,
    Your are correct! Mayweather is favored to win but it is still a fight and anything can happen in a fight. It is a high speed chess match or it may turn out to be a high speed chase match with your man Mayweather runnning. Please learn how to spell!!!

  2. Im just waiting to hear, yes he is fully committed to this fight, training harder than ever, he is faster than ever, punching harder than ever. He is totally focused on floyd mayweather, there are no distractions, its the best training camp hes ever had. Hhhhmmmm how many times will i have heard that before.
    Listen manny is a professional boxer. He knows whats expected of him. Im sure he will train like he does for every fight. Where he does have to be careful is to not over train & leave some of his fight in the training gym.
    We know floyd will come in in exellent condition of both mind & body, thats why he has remained at the top of boxing for over 17 years. Its why he is still undefeated & why he will remain undefeated come may 2.