• Pacquiao’s final preparation focuses on endurance

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    Manny Pacquiao works on the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach. AFP FILE PHOTO

    Manny Pacquiao works on the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach. AFP FILE PHOTO

    ASSISTANT trainer Buboy Fernandez said that World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is now 100 percent ready with only 12 days left before his fight against Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau.

    Fernandez said that the Filipino ring icon is focusing on strength and conditioning during the last phase of his training to ensure that he has enough endurance and stamina during the fight night.

    “There’s only 12 days left but everything is fine if you’re going to ask me what’s going on now. Manny is 100 percent ready to fight,” Fernandez told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Monday. “Our concern now is the unpredictable weather here in General Santos.”

    “Sometimes it rains and then the weather becomes hot. That’s not good to our fighting congressman, so we’re doing the best way to get him in best healthy shape until the fight day. There’ll be no sparring today to avoid being burned out. We will resume it the next day. We want to gain more rest now.”

    Fernandez predicts that the 35-year-old Pacquiao (56-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) now can unleash more accurate and powerful punches in addition to his improved footwork and stamina.

    He added that though Pacman is quiet about it, he really wants to score a knockout win since his last knockout victory was in 2009 against Miguel Cotto.

    “When we talked about the knockout win, he just told me that he would just do what it takes to fight properly, aggressive and win the fight. He’s also aware of his opponent’s ability. We believe that knockout will just come,” said Fernandez.

    Pacquiao went through a 12-round sparring session, first against Stan Martynouk and then against Viktor Postol on Saturday before taking a break on Sunday and Monday. The champ also did shadow boxing, skipping rope workout as well as hit the speedball and focus mitts.

    “There’s no way he goes below 100 percent until the fight night. It’s going to improve, in fact,” concluded Fernandez.

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