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).