Most Filipinos dropped their work over the weekend to pay their respects to the dead. Not Manny Pacquiao.
The reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion refused to take a training break for All Saints and All Souls Days with only 22 days left before he takes on unbeaten Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau, China.
“Cong. Manny [Pacquiao] doesn’t like to waste time in training,” Pacquiao’s long time assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
The boxing icon, who has set up his training camp in General Santos City, “jogged earlier and then took some rest before heading to sparring this afternoon,” Fernandez said.
He added that the 35-year-old Pacquiao (56-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts) is giving his three foreign sparring partners a hard time now that he already got his rhythm and has vastly improved his speed, power and stamina.
Pacquiao, also the congressman of Saranggani, fought impressively with Stan Martynouk, Viktor Postol and former world title challenger Mike Jones during sparring sessions.
“This is a different Pacquiao now. I’m expecting his in his current condition he could knock out Algieri and I’m sure it’s going to improve. But you know Manny, he doesn’t like to take Algieri lightly that’s why he doesn’t want to stop training,” Fernandez said.
Adviser Mike Koncz, chief trainer Freddie Roach and American Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum, who left the country last week, were also convinced that the eight-weight world division titleholder could send Algieri to “dreamland” in the early rounds.
Algieri “will be knocked out for sure because Manny is definitely in good condition,” Koncz said. “Everyday we’re all here in the gym and we’re very pleased in what we see. Team Pacquiao is also doing a great job,” he said.