Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao looked great at the start of his rigid training in General Santos City under the watchful eyes of trainer Freddie Roach.
Pacquiao adviser Mike Koncz made an assurance on Monday that Roach was impressed with the way the eight weight world division titleholder was hitting the heavy bag in preparation for his rematch against Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao, who has 55-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts, and the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Bradley (31-0 with 12 knockouts) will fight on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Manny (Pacquiao) is more motivated now and he concentrates well on every detail of his training. He is getting better and better everyday,” Koncz told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “Roach is happy when he saw Pacquiao’s current condition in their first training together here.”
Roach and Koncz arrived in General Santos last Sunday from Macau, China.
Koncz said he is expecting a different outcome in Pacquiao’s rematch with the Bradley, although he is not sure if it will by a unanimous win or a knockout win by the 35-year-old Filipino.
“I don’t make any prediction, but Freddie (Roach) is doing a lot of great things now in their training. He really wanted Manny to cut Bradley into tiny pieces and make space little for Bradley. Aggressiveness, good stamina and power are what we need and we have those things.”
Bradley is a technically skilled boxer who hit his opponent hard but doesn’t attack that much. Despite that strategy, Bradley won his last two matches against Siberian Rocky Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez via unanimous decision last year.
But Roach, according to Koncz, is so confident that the Saranggani congressman could catch Bradley and knock him out this time.