Pacquiao’s training shifts to higher gear

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Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao returned to his usual best form after an eight-round sparring session last week at his own gym in General Santos as he preparers for his upcoming third bout against American Timothy Bradley on April 9 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

One of Pacquiao’s assistant trainers, Jonathan Peñalosa, disclosed to The Manila Times that the former World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Pacquiao had suffered stiff muscles in the early part of his training sessions last week.

But the 36-year-old Pacquiao finished the weekend of his sparring session on a high note.

“He (Pacquiao) suffered stiffness in some of his muscles, but he was able to finish his sparring session on a high note and everybody was satisfied including coach Freddie (Roach),” Penalosa, the brother of former world champion Gerry Penalosa, said during a phone interview.

“So far, he is in best form and he’s going to become better the following days.”

Penalosa said that head trainer Freddie Roach is presently supervising the training and sparring session of Pacquiao. Sparring partner American Lydell Rhodes and Congolese Ghislain Maduma are doing also a great job honing Pacquiao’s skills through a four-round sparring.

Pacquiao finished eight-round in sparring.

“Rhodes and Maduma sparred four-round each with Pacquiao,” he added. “Manny is becoming faster and stronger. I know he really wanted to knockout Bradley this time that’s why he’s doing his best in training.”

Penalosa though said that Bradley (33-1-1 win-loss-draw record with 13 knockouts) is also a tough opponent now for Pacquiao (57-6-2 record with 38 knockouts) after his two impressive wins.

“We cannot underestimate Bradley because he also trains very well,” explains Peñalosa.

Penalosa’s elder brother Gerry, who visited Pacquiao’s training in General Santos, also said that the eight-division world champion is presently in good form.

“I just visited him (Pacquiao) and he looks really good in training. If ever Bradley decides to engage, Manny could knock him out. If not, the fight will go to 12-round and Manny will still win,” he said.


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  1. It’s good to hear reports like this but still the big question is, will the fight still push through on April 9 according to contract notwithstanding the WBO crowing a new champion in Jessie Vargas ( who beat Sadam Ali for the honor this weekend ), rendering the Pac-Bradley 3 a non-title bout and a COMELEC or SC decision prohibiting the airing of the fight here in the Philippines? Will promoter Bob Arum be willing to pay Manny $20 million and Bradley another $5 million for a non-title fight which will not even be aired in the country ( precluding a source of revenue through sponsorship and PPV)?

    The more the media spinsters are coming out with stories such as this while conveniently glossing over the more important issues ( including Manny’s flagging Senatorial campaign ), the more I am convinced of the wisdom, propriety and necessity of postponing or scrapping that fight.

    I believe that the COMELEC or SC decision banning the airing of the fight would be a blessing in disguise that Arum would gladly take to save himself from a highly possible financial loss, using it as a justification in postponing or scrapping that fight which as it is, he is having a hard time selling in the USA.

    I believe a post-election (June or early July) fight would be ideal for Manny’s swan song with the WBO title on the line versus new champion Jessie Vargas.